If you’ve been having problems tracking down a Nintendo Switch – and it makes sense why, as Nintendo says the thing is selling at a ridiculous rate – GameStop may be your best bet this week. The video game retailer announced on Facebook that they’ll be receiving more stock on Wednesday, March 22nd, and also announced a trade-in program to give customers a bonus amount of trade-in credit toward getting a Switch.
Those looking to unload a PS4 will get $200 in trade-in credit, while an Xbox One will get you $175. Interestingly, either a Wii U or a Nintendo 3DS will get you the same amount, at $150 each in store credit, so if you have both of those consoles and want to pick up Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid, you could conceivably do so without spending a penny (outside of sales tax, that is).
The announcement comes on the heels of Nintendo announcing plans to double Switch production after it sold about 1.5-million units within the first two weeks of the console’s availability to the public. The console beat the Wii’s launch, at least in North America, but couldn’t quite surpass the 3DS’s launch, despite a paltry launch lineup (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild notwithstanding) and hardware issues that included faulty controllers and a problem with using vinyl skins.
Of course, if you do decide to pick up a Nintendo Switch, your mileage may vary on getting Zelda, arguably its best game, as it’s sold out at GameStop at least once already. As for this stock allotment, GameStop will not be selling any of the consoles online, so you’ll want to get to your closest store as early as possible to make sure you get one, or at the very least call ahead to see if your store’s employees will tell you how many they received.
- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018