We showed you the Switch preorder lines in Japan a bit earlier today. Now we have some encouraging news on how preorders themselves went. Amazon pre-orders went up at 9am in Japan, and the total allocation was gone in just 5 minutes. As for brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems that most sold out of their launch allotments in just 15 minutes. Could the Switch be the perfect console/handheld hybrid for Japan.
We’ve had a long conversation with Nintendo and given their recent reveals, we can now announce: Hollow Knight is making the switch to Nintendo’s new portable/home/hybrid platform!
That’s both sad and happy news for us. Though we can confirm the Switch as a release platform, we also have to confirm that Hollow Knight will no longer make its way to the Wii U. That’s not a step we’ve taken lightly. Our Wii U release has recently been hampered by several technical challenges and though we’d love to see Hollow Knight on our favourite console, we feel the quality difference would end up such that Wii U players will be experiencing a lesser version of the game.
We’re aiming to release the Switch version of Hollow Knight not too long after the platform’s launch.
Good morning! I'm 10th in line for Switch reservations at the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara.— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) January 20, 2017
Yodobashi Shinjuku pic.twitter.com/Li4ekaT2tr— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) January 20, 2017
People lined up in Kichikyoji (pic from a friend) pic.twitter.com/h7pOP9GcDo— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) January 20, 2017
Lost 4 slots in line but one of the first 40 i am sure I got this on launch day. Yay! pic.twitter.com/WppzVuYLGJ— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) January 20, 2017
Only 31 people in line in Shinjuku I made a good choice pic.twitter.com/iqcZygmnpx— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) January 20, 2017
Always love seeing this stuff. Makes the upcoming launch feel that much more real. Hurry up and get here, March!
The info is coming from the man himself, Eiji Aonuma. I think that's our definitive answer right there, no matter how much we dislike it.