West Coast Port Strike Impacting Nintendo's New 3DS Supplies
Nintendo says it will resupply Amiibo by air if it has to.
An ongoing labor dispute in ports on the West Coast of the United States is impacting Nintendo's ability to keep Amiibo and the New 3DS in stock, the company has confirmed.
During a financial results briefing Tuesday, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata said that the New Nintendo 3DS is already outselling the 3DS XL, but in another statement (translated by Destructoid) during an investor Q&A, Iwata said that sales could have been even better if it wasn't for the dockworkers strike on the West Coast.
"For the last six months, labor negotiations on the West Coast of the United States have made getting goods to shore slow, as the amount of berths open are lower than usual and therefore the harbors are congested," Iwata said. "Many of the goods sent to the U.S. have still not arrived to their destinations. However, this has had little effect on Amiibo and software sales as they're light enough that we can ship by air if we have to."
Iwata's statement may also help explain the supply issues with the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D special-edition New 3DS XL system. If you're desperate for one of those, make sure you don't buy this microwaved special edition of the system from eBay by mistake.