5,000 people line up to grab a switch in japan

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Just yesterday, around 5,000 people lined up outside of Bic Camera Ikebukuro in Tokyo. A day later, 5,000 people in Kawasaki lined up as well. They were lining up for yet another Switch lottery. It's worth noting that a day later, another 3,000 people were lined up to try again. Overall, 10% of those people ended up leaving the line with a Switch.
https://gonintendo.com/stories/287014-5-000-people-line-up-to-grab-a-switch-in-japan

https://nintendosoup.com/5000-people-lined-win-chance-buying-switch-japan/

This is pretty insane. Did Nintendo hit another Wii success?
 

Yukinari

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I wonder how many people in japan buy 1 2 Switch as their first game.

I imagine they all want it for Splatoon 2.
 

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Isn't it that Bic Camera stores also hold raffles for other products? So it isn't only Switch the reason people are lining up for?
 
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Isn't it that Bic Camera stores also hold raffles for other products? So it isn't only Switch the reason people are lining up for?
This is specifically a Switch lottery. Why would you mix other product lotteries in with the Switch line and arbitrarily make the process longer and not just have them on separate days?
 

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Isn't it that Bic Camera stores also hold raffles for other products? So it isn't only Switch the reason people are lining up for?
They do hold raffles for other products, but there are specific lines dedicated to those raffles.

This is strictly talking about the Switch lines.
 

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5000 PEOPLE LINED UP TO WIN A CHANCE OF BUYING A SWITCH IN JAPAN
That's messed up, a lineup with a chance to win to buy, good publicity but I'd hate to be in that line :p
 
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Happened much, much quicker in Japan. Like, years earlier.
Ah, ok. I remember following the sales threads around that time but didn't recall when it slowed down for the Wii. If anyone has a chart handy I'd appreciate taking a look. I'm curious to see how the Switch is faring in comparison so far.
 

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Everything is sold out again everywhere. I was at Gamestop today looking for new joycons, everything Switch related except grey joycons were sold out. Walmart had nothing either.

This thing is on fire.
 

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I already told you in that poll earlier this year. Yes they did. ;)
Inclined to agree because of the play on the go aspect, it speaks to the whole world not only Japan IMO.
It was a smart move by Nintendo, not sure if kids can take it to school in Japan to play during launch breaks or after school.
 
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Is there no way for Nintendo to increase production by then, perhaps triple what they are making now?
They already ordered in their production amounts, it's just a matter of component manufacturing lines freeing themselves up before Fall, which Nintendo expects them to be.
 

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Everything is sold out again everywhere. I was at Gamestop today looking for new joycons, everything Switch related except grey joycons were sold out. Walmart had nothing either.

This thing is on fire.
I think Splatoon 2 reignited the flames in NA. Not that they ever really went out, but things were certainly looking better for awhile.
 

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Nintendo need to hurry their ass up with production. It's only a matter of time before people grow tired of waiting for a product and move onto something else. Especially in this day and age where competition is very high.
 
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Nintendo need to hurry their ass up with production. It's only a matter of time before people grow tired of waiting for a product and move onto something else. Especially in this day and age where completion is very high.
Somehow I don't think there's much competition for what the Switch is in Japan, because no one else in Japan has Splatoon and Dragon Quest in a single package.
 

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I'm sore about the SNES classic situation, but stories like this remind me that currently having my hands on a Switch is more important.
 

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Inclined to agree because of the play on the go aspect, it doesn't speaks to the whole world IMO.
It was a smart move by Nintendo, not sure if kids can take it to school in Japan to play during launch breaks or after school.
Agree. It's still early days to see how it'll do worldwide. Lots can still change.
But I've just been going with my gut instincts.
Had this same feeling with the DS and Wii and not at all with the WII U and 3DS. Although that later on redeemed itself due to some very drastic measures taken by Nintendo.

The system just hits all the right notes. The only thing to do now is keep the software coming and the quality top notch and they will be golden.
 

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Agree. It's still early days to see how it'll do worldwide. Lots can still change.
But I've just been going with my gut instincts.
Had this same feeling with the DS and Wii and not at all with the WII U and 3DS. Although that later on redeemed itself due to some very drastic measures taken by Nintendo.

The system just hits all the right notes. The only thing to do now is keep the software coming and the quality top notch and they will be golden.
My sentence was wrong, I fixed it.
I meant to say that it speaks to the whole world not only Japan but I butchered it :p
But yeah time will tell if it's another Wii success story still hard to say ATM.
 

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Man, I had to fucking line up to early in the morning at a Toys R Us here in Toronto to get one around the time of the ARMS launch. They had like, 12 of each, and I was 12th in line and got the last grey Switch lol

Thirst is definitely real
 

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But it's a lottery. They know the number of people because of the lottery tickets they give out.
Reading again.

The second link makes it sound like just under 20000 people were lining up over two days in a few different locations.

But it's a mess to follow.