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It’s March 3 in Japan. The Nintendo Switch is officially on sale, and in some locations, there are the lines to prove it.

Because of online sales, it’s increasingly hard to predict how a console will do by checking out launch day lines.

That being said, folks came out in Tokyo to line up for the new Nintendo hardware on this chilly morning. Via Twitter, here’s how things look at various shops across the metropolis.

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Here’s Yokohama.

Typically, there are long lines at Yodobashi Camera, one of Japan’s biggest electronics retailers.

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However, as this sign notes, there are only enough consoles for pre-orders.

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Thus, there weren’t lines at Yodobashi Cameras in Tokyo.

As well as in Osaka.

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Or rather, significantly shorter lines only for those with pre-orders. Yodobashi Camera says it will have more stock at a later date.

Things, however, appear different in rural parts of the country, which isn’t that unusual for hardware launches.

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Above is a local Yamada Denki with no one in line.

This guy got to his nearby Toys R Us early.

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Earlier this year, Nintendo pre-orders drew lines in Tokyo, so it’ll be interesting to see Japanese sales numbers once those become available.


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