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Animal Crossing fans rejoice: Nintendo restarts Switch orders

Weeklong freeze on shipments in Japan ends as hit game fuels demand

The "Animal Crossing" series has proved popular during the pandemic. (Image courtesy of Nintendo)

OSAKA -- The Nintendo Switch gaming device will be available once again for Japanese customers to order starting Wednesday, ending the roughly weeklong suspension caused by a surge in demand as home-bound players flocked to runaway hit Animal Crossing.

The Switch, as well as the handheld-only version Switch Lite, will be offered mainly through online sales, according to Tuesday's announcement. Preorders on the proprietary My Nintendo Store will open Wednesday, with deliveries expected between later this month and mid-May.

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