3000 Queue for 200 Switches

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Hordes of eager buyers queued up at electronics mega-department store Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara for a chance to purchase a Nintendo Switch as part of a special lottery, with it being estimated that over 3000 people lined up – despite its battery-draining bugs and bending problems.

Though numerous people had lined up, only 200 Switch consoles were available, leaving only those lucky enough to have the winning tickets with the ability to purchase them – photographs of the insane queue:

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Some believe that the excessive crowding may have also been due to the fact that Splatoon 2 is releasing this week on July 21st.


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    Avatar of konakona
    Comment by konakona
    02:35 19/07/2017 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Couldn't this have easily been avoided by making the raffle online? Queuing for a ticket for a chance to buy something seems retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lots of switch zealots ..

    Comment by Anonymous

    Of course not, they have to be fair and cater to the foreign resellers as well, even those who can't read Japanese

    Avatar of Esfruj Esfifurz
    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz
    10:11 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This shows their time is worth nothing. They could order it online from home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lots of ignorant posts in the comments lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Including your bitch ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep. Thought the same. But what do we expect from Sankakucomplex when even the "News" are ignorant and bashing already.
    This here just became an moneyhungry clickbait pornblog with just underage and poor visitors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm for the underage.
    wait..

    I'm still underage.. :/

    Comment by Anonymous

    Like the lots of retards in queue for a useless console not?.

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    07:30 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call me crazy but I dont think those numbers add up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    kinda funny the gamestop near me has 10 noone wants to buy them. maybe i should buy them and ship them over for like 2x the cost

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess they screwed up in the distribution on purpose to pretend there is more demand.
    We have stores here where the switch is just collecting dust, nobody buys them. Even local online gaming stores all have units available, and they were never sold out.

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    Comment by planetarian
    16:39 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    that just means someone isn't managing their distribution networks properly. Sounds like your area managed to reach market saturation already.
    Where I live, there are several places that carry the switch but they always sell out the same day they arrive. If you don't check the day they get a shipment in, you don't get one. Likewise, during a recent four-hour trip to another state, not a single Walmart or gamestop along the way had any in stock. So it would seem that different areas are clearly seeing different results.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 21/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And people say to startreck fans are a bunch of freacks....

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    3000 people who don't know about online.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    on the contrary, those 3000 people will sell it online with higher price

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    Comment by No Name
    01:11 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was watching the live stream of Akihabara on Youtube the other day and was wondering why there was such a long line.

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    Comment by Blackbird
    20:33 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably have some kind of ticket system on place I'm not sure, and why would you line up if you won't buy anything thought? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol they prefer staying outside instead of inside their tiny house /s

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Err, is the news complete? Queuing to get a chance to buy a Switch, there is no discount, other prize, etc?

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's the kind of company Nintendo is. Nintendo will never produce enough of anything. They'd rather have their customers humiliated.

    Avatar of Esfruj Esfifurz
    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz
    10:11 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    By creating artificial scarcity, they remain in the news.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yes, because they have control over Toshiba making less of the NAND they need for the Switch while Toshiba is in the middle of trying to sell that portion of their business and prioritizing Apple over them for what little they are producing since the iPhone uses the same memory and they pay more.

    Sure, Nintendo could outbid them but then the price of the Switch would increase to offset it which they're obviously not going to do when people are already whining about how "expensive" it is.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    02:31 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Pretty sure they had plenty of Wii Us nobody wanted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's in Akihabara, of course otakus are going to line up for things when they don't even know what it is

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To quote Miss Monochrome: "If Japanese people see a line, they have to get in it"

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why even line up at this point? Are japanese that stupid?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Queuing is the real japanese national sport. Just wait for the olympics...

    Avatar of Esfruj Esfifurz
    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz
    10:12 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I'm not gonna go to Tokyo even if they pay me during those days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Like Appletards in USA ??
    Are americans that stupid?

    Massive brainwashing media...
    People are like sheep and that's how governments, and businesses want..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol Point.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    22:41 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Common sense isn't really all that common.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Common sense is fake news. I mean, common sense says Earth must be flat...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Apparently im on the bottom side of the world, guess what. i still havent fallen of it so the only reasonable explination is that its flat :)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Anyone who has been to the ocean knows better than that, the argument with Columbus was about the circumference of the Earth.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yes, yes they are. They might believe that the 2999 people in front of them are just there to line up just for the sake of lining up and not for buying anything.

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    Comment by Canadane
    20:05 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    "Winning ticket"

    Avatar of Dark Mage
    Comment by Dark Mage
    22:48 18/07/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Still looking at that line you'd think the term futility would come to mind.
    If you're at the back of that line it'll probably be closing time before you even get in.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's a raffle, so technically each of the 3000+ queuing has equal chance of getting picked to get to buy a set.

    These people are queuing for their raffle numbers btw, and not for the sets at that point of time.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, but it looks like so many people don't understand such arcane phrases as "special lottery" and "winning ticket".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You havent seen this, because you never leave your basement, you useless fat piece of shit.

    Black friday sales ring a bell?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would anyone understand this? I have never seen queues of this size in Europe. We wouldn't accept this. We would probably start rioting and looting the shop.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:58 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They line up for a ticket so they may get a chance to buy this thing? Can't they just, y'know, buy it online and have it delivered to them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can buy it online. It just sells out in less than 10 minutes.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    03:29 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could buy one right now. Would be here on Thursday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems most people are thinking of recent past Nintendo still, though.

    There are places in Europe with it just sitting on the shelves you could order it from online but they must be thinking it's still region locked or something.

    You can buy anything for anywhere as it relates to the Switch.

    It's either, wait, buy it online possibly for more depending upon the retailer and currency involved, or demand Nintendo to increase the order of NAND from Toshiba which would raise the price of the console since it would cost more to make them then anyway.

    Second one is clearly the best option.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    04:10 20/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best is not to buy this overpriced beta test. It's really unreasonable to ask more than $200 for it and than not even to include a good game in the box.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Chen-04 stop being stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That sucks, glad I bought mine within the hour of launch.

    Though that said not having one isn't necessarily bad as you aren't missing out on a lot of games which isn't a jab at the switch just the reality.

    HOWEVER Splatoon comes out this Friday soooooooo, yeah xD. Definitely my favorite console of all time. I hope more people get it because it is really nice. Better than Playstation/Xbox given my pc does everything they do and better at that, only worth for exclusives while I don't have a pc/laptop that does what the switch does so that's why I think it to be the better console. In terms of power lol no but that's not why you buy a console.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >be me
    >lines up to get "winning" ticket
    >doesn't need a switch
    >sells paper to desperate ninténdófág
    >profit ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 19/07/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >be me
    >lines up to get "winning" ticket
    >doesn't need a switch
    >doesn't get a ticket
    >wasted hours, wasted youth, wasted life ಠ_ಠ




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