Nintendo Switch news: Details on system's new assistant revealed; Nintendo exec promises no stock shortage in the UK
Stock shortages seem to be a usual problem for new consoles in the past few years, but Nintendo is making sure that it won't happen to the highly-anticipated Switch.
Nintendo's UK general manager Nicolas Wegnez recently caught up with MCV, and he assured fans that the company will have enough supply of units to avoid pre-order shortages. He also stressed that there should be units available for purchase on day one from retailers, at least in the UK.
"It's true pre-orders are very strong, but we still expect Nintendo Switch to be available at some retailers on Day One," Wegnez said. "We do expect shipments to steadily come. As we all know, this is not a sprint but a marathon, which is why we are so busy preparing strong plans for the months to come following the launch," he added.
Meanwhile, Nintendo is trying another way to share news with Switch owners. Reports say that the hybrid hardware will have a friendly virtual assistant named Amelia. Similar to previous Nintendo consoles connected to the internet, the Switch offers a News section where the company sends players updates, tips, and deals. However, unlike past systems, the upcoming console will include a touch of personality to the said feature.
Messages in the news feature are "written" by Amelia, whose photo also appears on the top left corner of every news article. All of the updates are written from her perspective as if she's directly talking to the console owner. In addition, she sends personal and sometimes silly notes at the end of every update. While Amelia doesn't perform advanced tasks like Microsoft's Cortana or Amazon's Alexa, she can serve as a guide to owners by helping them navigate the system.
The Nintendo Switch is priced at $299.99, and it will officially hit the shelves on Friday, March 3.