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Nintendo Switch Still Selling Like Hotcakes In Japan

The Nintendo Switch has been out and selling for a few months now but even in its native Japan, people are still clamouring to buy one with thousands of people queueing for only a few hundred available in stores. Don’t believe me? Check out these pics from Tokyo and Osaka where not hundreds but thousands braved the Japanese Summer (read: hot and humid) for 250 units on sale at Akihabara’s Yodobashi Akiba department store.

And the thing is, these queues aren’t even for the Switch itself but like a lot of things in Japan, it’s for a lottery ticket to then have a chance at actually buying one!

And if Tokyo wasn’t bad enough then check out the similarly massive queues in Osaka where once again there were thousands for only 200 consoles!

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Hopefully no one passes out while bearing the very hot Japan sun!

Japan/Australia Nintendo Switch Launch

Yes, it’s the 03/03/17 and while that may seem like just another date, it’s also the launch day for Nintendo’s latest home console, the Nintendo Switch! I was lucky enough to attend the launch in Melbourne which took place at Federation Square which was attended by many Nintendo fans eager to get their hands on the new console at the stroke of midnight. There was heaps going on with cosplay comps on stage, a live DJ and plenty of hands on mini contests with the Switch. It was a great vibe with plenty to keep the crowd amused while we all waited for the inevitable countdown. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s a look at the event launch, courtesy of Nintendo Australia and EB Games:

Meanwhile over across the sea in the Switch’s native Japan, queues were building and people were just as keen to get their hands on the Switch and braved the cold weather to be among the first gamers in the world to play some new Nintendo action.

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The following pics are courtesy of Twitter user Jon Cousins who has been recording the proceedings in Japan for the Switch launch.

And lastly…the first thing I did after I got home this morning at 1:30AM was to do an unboxing, of course. You can check that out below.

Hope everyone who wanted a Nintendo Switch at launch were lucky enough to receive one and are having loads of fun with it!