Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, launched March 3. After a holiday season where Nintendo consoles — namely the NES Classic Edition and 3DS — were nearly impossible to find, the Switch followed suit, with only a small selection of walk-in consoles available at retailers for those who hadn’t pre-ordered the system.
If you are looking to get a Switch as soon as possible, we currently advise you to sign up for the GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart email lists, and periodically circle back to Target and Toys R Us. Additionally, a page on Nintendo’s official website lists the major retailers offering the Switch. It’s a good idea to check back to see if more retailers are added.
Even though the Switch is currently almost impossible to find, a recent interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in Wired may ease concerns. He claimed that Nintendo plans to ship 2 million units in the weeks surrounding launch, and that he believes the shipped units will meet demands. “Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch,” he said. Nintendo is also reportedly doubling Switch production to help meet demand, following strong early sales.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 24, 2017
Here are the best places to look for a Switch, so you can start playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as soon as possible. If none of these options work for you, keep checking back, as we’ll be updating this post as more stores announce Switch availability.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us told Digital Trends that a new supply of Switch consoles will be in stock in stores across the United States on Friday, April 28, to coincide with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Quantities will still be “limited” and the retailer advises customers to get to their local store well before the doors open at 10 a.m.
Best Buy revealed on Twitter that a limited number of Nintendo Switch systems will be available online beginning on March 29 at 1 p.m. EST.
— Best Buy (@BestBuy) March 28, 2017
Carrying cases, AC adapters, extra Joy-Con controllers, and charging docks are all still available on Best Buy’s website.
GameStop recently announced that it will have the Nintendo Switch back in stock on March 22, according to a report by GameSpot. The retailer advised customers to check with their local store regarding availability, and stated that customers will not be able to “reserve units in advance.” Purchases must be made in-person, and Gamestop will only carry “individual” units — implying that the retailer’s recent console bundles will not be available for purchase.
Target currently has the gray Joy-Con Switch available in limited amounts for in-store customers, and the neon red-blue version was available until about 1:30 p.m. EST on March 6. We would continue to monitor the retailer’s supply, as it appears to be updating more frequently than other retailers’ websites.
The retailer also has limited in-store availability when it comes to extra Joy-Con controllers, cases, and the charging grip. The Pro controller, however, is only being sold in stores.
The Nintendo Switch is currently sold out at Walmart, both online and in stores. Extra Joy-Con controllers, charging grips, and cases are available. Pro controllers, on the other hand, are a different story.
Amazon currently has only one product page displaying the Switch with gray Joy-Con. That said, you can be added to a product availability mailing list by signing into your Amazon account and clicking “Add to List” — where “Add to Cart” is normally located.
Cases, Joy-Cons, and screen protectors are all available through Amazon, though the Pro controller can only be purchased from a third-party seller.