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Nintendo apologises for Japanese Switch shortages as sales pass 1m

Company pledges increased shipments in July and August

Sales of Nintendo Switch consoles have surpassed 1m in Japan, reports Famitsu.

It's tracking ahead of Wii U, but it's been slow progress getting there following an impressive first week. Nintendo Switch has been all-but sold out since its launch in Japan, with some retailers giving customers tickets for a chance to buy a console.

Nintendo has apologised for the shortages via its Japanese website and says it is strengthening its production system to meet the demand. It has vowed to produce more shipments of Switch units for July and August, including the release of the new Splatoon 2 bundle, and that it expects a significant supply of units to be available in the autumn, in time for Super Mario Odyssey.

Famitsu has also revealed sales for the Top Five Switch products, with Mario Kart shifting more than half a million units.

The Top Five reads:

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) - 501,614
Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) - 460,480
1-2-Switch (Nintendo) - 200,807
Arms (Nintendo) - 154,845
Super Bomberman R (Konami)- 92,112

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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