Iwata apologizes for Animal Crossing: New Leaf out-of-stock situation due to modified 3DS game cart

9 years ago 61 Comments

Nintendo has released a short video with Iwata apologizing for the out-of-stock situation in Japan currently for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Some have been wondering why this is even a problem since it shouldn’t be difficult to produce more standard game carts.

According to Iwata, Animal Crossing: New Leaf uses a modified 3DS game cart which offers additional save data storage compared to the traditional 3DS game cart. The reason for this is due to the nature of the game saving more items, houses and such data.

Unfortunately, the supplies for this special type of game cart are limited therefore causing the supply issues for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, replenishing supplies will apparently take several months so it’s unlikely the stock situation will be going away any time soon.

This may also have an effect on the timing of the western release of the game… If Nintendo can’t even supply enough copies for Japan, how are they going to supply North America and Europe any time soon? Feel free to speculate in the comments below!

(via Nintendo JPCheesemeister)

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