After being unsuccessful in my attempts to get items from the last couple of Nintendo launches (specifically the classic NES and the black Friday limited edition new 3ds) I decided I would pre-order a switch. I went to do so as soon as I could, and it seems it is a good thing that I did, since pre-orders seem to be all gone.
I’m not a huge fan of having to preorder to get a device like a console. I know that in some unknown amount of time they will be available on a more regular basis, but it is hard to know when that will be, especially with the history Nintendo has. I just don’t like having to give a company the full price of a product before I can actually even have hands on.
This time I preordered somewhere I only had to put a portion down, which is better, but I do miss the days where you didn’t have to pay sight unseen for so much. That’s actually why I don’t tend to shop at gamestop. They have adopted a business model where basically if you ever want a game you must pre-order, and I would rather not do that.
It’s probably me just being a stubborn gamer, but for now I will stick with places where I can go in to a store on launch day and get a game, rather than one I have to pre-order.