Though Metroid Prime 4 is still some way off, it gives Nintendo plenty of time to sort out their stock shortages, which have one again been impacting on sales of the new console. Despite the success of the Nintendo DS hand-held console and Wii, the company "failed to ride the wave of smartphones and was left out in the cold", said an analyst at a domestic securities house.
To put that into perspective, the Switch has now sold 1 million units in Japan so within the first 3 days, 10% of Switch owners got their hands on the new title. July and August are singled out as receiving increased shipments, including of the Splatoon 2 bundle.
Nintendo had to adjust their forecast from 20 million SKUs moved throughout the fiscal year to just 10 million.
The company has issued an apology statement now promising people that they will soon roll out a lot of Nintendo Switch console bundles, possibly the splatoon bundle.
As far as the 3DS is concerned, Scibetta echoed earlier comments from Nintendo executives that the aging portable line could coexist with the newer Nintendo Switch (even as other Nintendo portables quickly fade after a replacement is introduced). It appears as if the insatiable demand for iPhones and Switches alike have pitted Cupertino's Apple against Kyoto's Nintendo. The new console has sold-out at large retailers and e-commerce sites, and consumers are having a hard time finding it.
It's interesting yet not surprising that one (or both) of these games would release in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch with not much announced beyond this holiday season. Apple is using the parts to build its new iPhone, while the very same parts are being used by Nintendo for the Switch, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Nintendo believes that the Switch could be as successful as the Wii, which was first released back in 2006.