Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Nintendo is eating costs to ship more Switch units by plane

Nintendo is eating costs to ship more Switch units by plane

With Nintendo selling 2.74 million Switch consoles since launch, there's no question that the system is off to a fast start.

The company expects to sell an additional 10 million Switch consoles by the end of March 2018. While Nintendo reportedly moved back to a more common freight system in April, researchers are estimating that the Big N ate up to $45 per unit when shipping the Switch by plane. However Nintendo ended up shipping 2.74 million units in the first month and to keep up with the demand they even made use of airplanes to ship the console. Nintendo is no doubt pleased that demand for the Switch is so high, but it has been hard to ensure there are enough units available to buy. Typically, the stock goes out by sea and there aren't that many problems.

Nintendo didn't say where the planes were used, but analysts and others briefed on the logistics said the flights took Switch machines to the USA and Europe from factories in China.

Nintendo will be introducing a new handheld gaming console this summer, the 2DS XL, which comes with the same capabilities as the 3DS XL but without one specific feature - 3D functionality.

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Nintendo is still struggling to meet demand but the real test is of course the long term.

Granted, as has been the tradition for Nintendo (and at a stark contrast to other console manufacturers), the Switch is being sold at a nominal profit.

Many spectators wondered what the Nintendo would do with the 3DS line now that the Switch is both home and portable console - seems like it's not planning for the dedicated portable.

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