The Pro Controllers of the newly-launched Nintendo Switch are selling like hotcakes.
According to a report from gaming website Gamespot, the $70-controllers are already sold out online in some of the most popular retailers in the country such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target, as well as Best Buy and Gamestop. Gamers who are still determined to get their Pro Controllers can still do so through retailers, although the price tags will be a bit steeper, ranging from $90 to $120. Ebay, for example, is selling the Pro Controllers for somewhere between $80 to $130.
Meanwhile, a report from Express.com said that the Amazon U.K. and GAME still have the controllers listed on their websites, although the availability may not last very long. The Pro Controllers have some key features that make them tempting not only for gamers who are looking for a more traditional playing experience but also for the younger ones. Tech Crunch reported that the controllers, just like their Joy-Con counterparts, are compatible with PC, Mac, and Android platforms.
Unlike the PS4 Dual Shock and Xbox One controllers, the Pro Controllers can connect to the Mac platform immediately via Bluetooth, without the use of any additional software. The downside, however, is that the Bluetooth connection may be causing intermittent connection problems, as experienced by some gamers, the report added.
The Nintendo Switch, which was launched last week, is projected by tech and gaming analysts to sell five million units by the end of 2017. According to a report from video marketing and research firm SuperData Research, the sales distribution for the new console is pegged at 45 percent in North America, 35 percent in Europe, and 12 percent in Japan.
They also pointed that one of the main challenges for Nintendo is tapping the market and convincing them to purchase the Switch as a second alternative console. "Launching much earlier in the year than its predecessors, we expect the Switch to initially appeal mostly to the loyal fanbase, before a broader, more mainstream audience adopts it," the report added.