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Nintendo is taking steps to prevent its next console from being resold at inflated prices.

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In recent times, all three major gaming console platforms have faced significant shortages on a global scale. This predicament was primarily caused by the pandemic and limited supplies of components. However, the issue was further aggravated by scalpers who resold a large number of consoles at considerably higher prices.

During the question-and-answer session at Nintendo’s most recent Shareholders’ General Meeting, an individual inquired whether Nintendo would take steps to prevent the resale of its upcoming console, ensuring that it reaches the hands of genuine gamers.

“In terms of measures to address resale when launching new hardware, we understand that the most crucial aspect is to initially manufacture and distribute quantities that can meet customer demand,” stated Shuntaro Furukawa, the President of Nintendo. “Afterward, we will explore if there are any other potential actions that can be taken.”

Scalping has been a persistent issue in the gaming industry, especially in recent years when there was a shortage of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Although Nintendo hasn’t encountered this problem at the hardware level for some time, it occasionally arises with certain special edition games.

For example, last year, the special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 quickly sold out in the United States, resulting in scalpers on eBay reselling the $89.99 set for as much as $350.

One such approach was implemented by the Japanese retail chain Nojima Denki, which involved writing the buyer’s name on the side of PlayStation 5 boxes and destroying the packaging for the controller.

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