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trunkswd said:
SpokenTruth said:

I've been wondering if any platform holder would move to air dropping.  It's more expensive but we're seeing a spike in demand which may give them the incentive to pay it.  Then again, can they even air drop right now?  To be a market analysts right now...bump that.

Oil prices have dropped a lot and there isn't much demand for flying. It is possible it wouldn't be too expensive to do. 

That means air dropping prices have dropped too.  It's valid if they are trying to hit targets - quarterly or game release.  If demand is significantly higher than currently allocated ocean shipping supplies, then the reduced air dropping costs may be a wise choice.

We know demand spiked due to shelter in place guidelines. But is that demand already allocated for in ocean shipping supply or not?  If not, and air dropping costs are lower too, they may go for it.  Especially if you can grab headlines for spikes in sales...driving further demand. 

Too many moving variables.



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SpokenTruth said:
DonFerrari said:

2 weeks to 1 month (remember PS4 launch and they shipping by air because of Xmas).

But with covid, who knows.

I've been wondering if any platform holder would move to air dropping.  It's more expensive but we're seeing a spike in demand which may give them the incentive to pay it.  Then again, can they even air drop right now?  To be a market analysts right now...bump that.

Nintendo could, for Sony and MS doesn't make much sense.



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I don't know if it's really worth it to use air dropping. Canada said it could last till July and we aren't in a situation as bad as some other countries like the US. So, to me, i feel like they have the time to ship everything. China is doing better and will be able to produce in mass and the high demand will be taken care of in the coming weeks and months. Obviously they won't resolve super fast, but i think people can wait a little longer. And with more time they wait in quarantine, i think the more they are likely to buy the console.



Just seeing these kind of numbers outside of the holiday season is pretty surreal.
Can't remember the last time we saw consecutive 500k+ weeks this time of year.



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curl-6 said:
Just seeing these kind of numbers outside of the holiday season is pretty surreal.
Can't remember the last time we saw consecutive 500k+ weeks this time of year.

We haven't from what I can recall. But than again these aren't normal times. Animal Crossing came out at the perfect time. 



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:
Just seeing these kind of numbers outside of the holiday season is pretty surreal.
Can't remember the last time we saw consecutive 500k+ weeks this time of year.

We haven't from what I can recall. But than again these aren't normal times. Animal Crossing came out at the perfect time. 

It's not my cup of tea but AC truly is the perfect type of game to release during a quarantine.



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zorg1000 said:
trunkswd said:

We haven't from what I can recall. But than again these aren't normal times. Animal Crossing came out at the perfect time. 

It's not my cup of tea but AC truly is the perfect type of game to release during a quarantine.

Same here. Not a game that is for me. But glad so many people are enjoying it. 



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xMetroid said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

What makes you think that China is quickly recovering?

It has been reported multiple times for weeks. Apple said it was doing better end of February 

curl-6 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

What makes you think that China is quickly recovering?

Foxconn, who manufacture the Switch in China, said they expected to resume normal operations by the end of March:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/3/21162648/iphone-foxconn-coronavirus-manufacturing-normal-march

I have been following movie news.  China opened their movie theaters two weeks ago and then closed them down again last week.  I wouldn't be surprised if factories do something similar. 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-shuts-down-all-cinemas-again-1287040

China is pretty secretive about a lot of the details surrounding the pandemic.  I won't be sure production is back to normal until Japan is fully stocked with normal Switches again.



zorg1000 said:
trunkswd said:

We haven't from what I can recall. But than again these aren't normal times. Animal Crossing came out at the perfect time. 

It's not my cup of tea but AC truly is the perfect type of game to release during a quarantine.

Yeah it's not for me either but it's appeal during this difficult time is undeniable; a stress free life sim during a global pandemic where millions are stuck at home? The numbers speak for themselves.



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The_Liquid_Laser said:
xMetroid said:

It has been reported multiple times for weeks. Apple said it was doing better end of February 

curl-6 said:

Foxconn, who manufacture the Switch in China, said they expected to resume normal operations by the end of March:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/3/21162648/iphone-foxconn-coronavirus-manufacturing-normal-march

I have been following movie news.  China opened their movie theaters two weeks ago and then closed them down again last week.  I wouldn't be surprised if factories do something similar. 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-shuts-down-all-cinemas-again-1287040

China is pretty secretive about a lot of the details surrounding the pandemic.  I won't be sure production is back to normal until Japan is fully stocked with normal Switches again.

There is a difference between realizing some public places arent ready to be reopen and factories. They are also using technology to help. Maybe it's not full capacity yet but I'm sure at the correct production, the next shipments will help a lot.