Though it’s not nearly as crucial as hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper, and other household goods, the Nintendo Switch console is seeing a major national shortage right now, as major retailers respond to increased demand for online goods due to the coronavirus outbreak. The $300 console is seeing increased demand as more people find themselves stuck indoors and looking for a good way to play some video games.
While the main system is sold out just about everywhere, you’ll have a slightly easier time finding the $200 Nintendo Switch Lite, which is smaller, handheld-only, and more affordable. Best Buy has restocked the Switch Lite in Turquoise, Gray, and Yellow, while GameStop has the latest Coral Switch Lite in stock. If you’re primarily interested in using the Switch as a handheld device rather than playing it on the TV, the Switch Lite is an excellent, cheaper option, and it may be a great choice for younger gamers who are stuck inside right now. It’s also more readily available if you’re just dying to play some of the best Switch games right now.
According to Nintendo, more Switch consoles will be restocked soon. “Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience,” Nintendo told GameSpot in an email statement.