It’s already a few months since Nintendo released their latest console, the Switch. While sales figures remain solid outside of Japan, Nintendo’s home country’s sales doesn’t seem to see a slow down any time soon. Even if it’s been months already, people are STILL lining up to get their hands on one. And the long lines are so ridiculous that most stores to do lotteries because of their limited stocks.
This rings true for one of Japan’s most famous electronics shops, Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. There, the store only has 250 units of the Switch console. And with massively long lines forming outside, the Akihabara landmark’s staff decided to do a lottery to determine which 250 customers get to have one.
With over 3,000 people lining up to get one, and only 250 consoles available, who can blame them? Some people who lined up, as well as a few passers-by, even posted about the ridiculously-long lines on twitter.
— アキラ@黒ウィズとボールルームとアビス (@dango_3k) July 16, 2017
— Eric_nishi (@bnr32nismo32) July 16, 2017
— めんたいこ (@mikesplatoon) July 16, 2017
— スプラトゥーン攻略 – ナワバリ速報 (@nawabarisokuhou) July 17, 2017
— マリパズくん (@no4yh) July 16, 2017
— たけ丸@真・秋葉原おすすめランチ (@akibalunch) July 16, 2017
And it’s not just Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo, but the one in Osaka as well. However, they only had 200 consoles, with approximately 2,100 people lining up to get them.
ヨドバシ梅田のスイッチ200台にコレ 無理だぞw pic.twitter.com/ybjaOC8wlL
Those who lined up are even calling these lotteries to get the chance to buy a Switch as “Hell”. No wonder, huh?