Despite the scarcity that makes Nintendo seem like it’s bent on building fake hype with consoles such as the NES Classic Edition, it seems as though the company tried exceptionally hard to keep the Nintendo Switch in stock near its launch.
Normally, gaming hardware is shipped by boat from China to other territories. It’s relatively inexpensive in the world of shipping, and it’s the standard mode for international products. In order to keep up with demand for the Nintendo Switch, though, Nintendo shipped some of the product by plane.
Nintendo told The Wall Street Journal, “We carried some of the Switches by plane in March to serve our customers more promptly.” That decision wasn’t cheap, either.
Shipping those Switch consoles by plane wasn’t cheap
How much more expensive is it to ship by plane than by boat? Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda explained, “Air is a big profit-squeezer because it could cost additional ¥5,000 (US$45) per unit.”
An extra $45 per console! That’s a pricey choice that Nintendo didn’t have to make; yet, they did, and it likely made for some very happy fans.