Imagine a console selling faster than its antecessor and even the best-selling console from its manufacturer; a console which sells out everywhere even before launch, solely on pre-orders, and goes for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Now, weeks after its launch, coming across one is still a hard task - it might take months for supply to even out with demand. The manufacturer has high expectations - millions of consoles sold on its launch year, and dozens of millions more yet to follow in the upcoming years. You think I'm talking about the Switch? Nope buddy, that was the overall feeling back when the Wii U launched in 2012... and to some extent, albeit a lesser one, the same happened to the PS Vita before it.
Now, you may think the Wii U, or the PS Vita, had issues which from the beginning made it clear those consoles weren't going to succeed, but do consider that hindsight is 20/20, and the Switch isn't really exempt of flaws and certain dissatisfaction, justified or not, from its owners or prospective buyers. The console has been called underpowered; there is the possilibity of flawed pixels screen or desynchronized controllers, it is somewhat prone to scratches, and the question of third party support still has a giant question mark.
Now, of course the console could end up selling great - personally I think it is a better design than the Wii U and I doubt it will end below the N64; it could have almost as much success as a handheld in Japan, for instance, a market which I see as particularly receptive for a piece of hardware like the Switch. However, it might still be a little bit early to pop the champagne based on the post-launch evidence and Nintendo's own expectations of future, uncertain success. So, what does VCGhartz think?
Bonus Playstation Vita link: Sony sells 300,000 PS Vita consoles in two days