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Nintendo Dips After New Switch Disappoints in Japan Debut

  • Weak sales despite strong pre-orders may stem from low supply
  • Original $300 console now widely available as popularity wanes
The new Nintendo Switch with an OLED screen.
The new Nintendo Switch with an OLED screen.Source: Nintendo Co.
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Nintendo Co.’s pricier new Switch console sold less than half its predecessor managed during its opening weekend in Japan, suggesting supply constraints were hampering the company’s biggest product launch in years.

The hybrid handheld’s OLED edition, released globally on Friday for $350, sold 138,409 units in the domestic market over its launch weekend, sales tracker Famitsu said Thursday. That compares with the original Switch’s inaugural weekend sales of 330,637 in 2017 and the Switch Lite’s 177,936 units in 2019. It was a surprising result after a fast uptake of pre-orders ahead of the launch.