GameStop Talks Up "Incredibly Strong" Switch Demand
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 26, 2017,
Mar 26, 2017, 23:25
"Apart from main games, we make stuff like Pokkén [Tournament] and [Pokemon Mystery] Dungeon, so I am thinking we should make games that suit the Switch, but at this time I can not confirm any projects". For the full year, global sales for the company were down over eight percent from 2015 and profits were down over 12 percent.
CEO Paul Raines said elsewhere in the call that the retailer's initial shipment of Switch systems sold out in two days and that "multiple replenishments since the launch. have sold out in hours". "We anticipate we're going to be chasing supply this entire year". "We're very cautious simply because of limited allocation". "If not, wake up really early this Saturday and head on over to Toys" R" Us. Other users in that thread are reporting that all of the Switch's Neo Geo titles offer this option, along with the ability to stretch the image to fill the screen vertically.
GameStop management delivered a grim earnings forecast for the current year, despite Nintendo Switch's popularity. "This signifies that a lot of people are finding this a great platform, and they're picking up nearly any game they can".
Nintendo president Kimishima Tatsumi recently suggested that lifetime Switch sales could climb as high as 110 million units, which would make the Switch the fifth best-selling video game console of all time, pushing the Wii into the #6 spot with just under 102 million units.
The sales success for the Switch comes at a crucial time for GameStop, which saw game hardware sales plunge 29 percent, physical software sales drop 19 percent, and even venerable pre-owned game sales dip almost seven percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. Nintendo itself does plan to release Splatoon, Mario and Mario Kart games before 2017 is out, but the console's release schedule remains mostly bereft of AAA third-party games. "But if you've played it, that's the best way to know it has tremendous broadening potential". "We recommend customers get in line early, as we expect these units to be snapped up quickly when the doors open9 am".