Because the game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch console, released in 2017, getting into Animal Crossing means you have to invest in the Switch or the Switch Lite (a handheld-only version) which retail for $299.99 and $199.99 respectively. Due to the sudden COVID-19-related demand and production limitations, though, console prices surged in late March, sometimes doubling or tripling in online marketplaces like eBay. Even now, months after lockdowns began, the Switch is sold out at many retailers. As of Q2, over 61 million Nintendo Switch consoles have been sold worldwide.
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