At first it was a shortage of toilet paper, then it was a shortage of flour, and now it’s a shortage of the Nintendo Switch? Believe it or not, panic-buying is a thing. (If you don’t know what this is, check out our article on COVID-19 terms here!) But it seems like panic-buying doesn’t stop at just the essentials. With many countries around the world on lockdown, people are looking for ways to entertain themselves (and their kids!) with video games. In fact, the sale of the Nintendo Switch was up by 240 percent in March compared to the same time last year. For this reason and because of delays in manufacturing due to COVID-19, Nintendo is pausing shipments of the Nintendo Switch to Japan and notifying potential US customers that the Switch has been sold out at various retailers. Once again, we’re witnessing a classic case of supply and demand. With a small supply of the Nintendo Switch and more people interested in buying them, prices have been going way up. Our solution? Pretend you’re Mario and build an obstacle course around your house. Same? Perhaps not, but it’s a creative way to pretend you’re video gaming and a great way to stay positive during times of shelter-in-place.
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