Though it’s not nearly as crucial as hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper, and other household goods, the Nintendo Switch console is seeing a major national shortage right now, as major retailers respond to increased demand for online goods due to the coronavirus outbreak. The $300 console is seeing increased demand as more people find themselves stuck indoors and looking for a good way to play some video games.
The best way to get a Nintendo Switch right now might be to get a refurbished one at Nintendo. It might not be new, but the fact that it comes directly from the manufacturer makes it pretty likely it won’t come with obvious defects or damage. You also save $30 off the MSRP. The console is currently available with gray or red/blue neon Joy-Cons. Otherwise, the console is sold out all major retailers at the moment.
According to Nintendo, more regular Switch consoles will be restocked soon. “Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience,” Nintendo told GameSpot in an email statement.
It’s rare to find the regular Nintendo Switch in stock right now, but we’ve seen it come back into stock on occasion. However, online restocks usually sell out within a minute or less. Some places, like GameStop and Best Buy, let you check availability at your local store, and if you can find it in stock, they may do curbside pickup so you don’t even have to go inside. You can check the current listings and availability below. We check for availability frequently and update this story anytime we spot the Switch in stock.
The Nintendo Switch is sold out of both colors at GameStop.
The Nintendo Switch is sold out of both colors at Amazon. Third-party sellers are selling the console at a mark-up.
The Nintendo Switch is sold out of both colors at Amazon.
The Nintendo Switch is sold out of both colors at Walmart. Third-party sellers are selling the console at a mark-up.
The Nintendo Switch is sold out of both colors at Target.
Nintendo Switch out of stock
While not available at MSRP, you can check current listings for the regular Nintendo Switch below. Some stores simply list the console as unavailable, while others are allowing third-party sellers to offer the console for much higher prices, usually around $400-$500.