Joy-Cons are out of stock in both Europe and Japan and Super Mario Party is most likely to blame.
Part of the Nintendo Switch’s amazing success is its controller design. The Joy-Con is small but can be easily held even in larger hands. It’s lightweight, so it’s never a burden on even a child’s physique. It’s made with durable materials, and it’s jam-packed with sensors that allow it to be used in a number of different ways.
Super Mario Party uses all of the Joy-Con’s functions in order to play its myriad minigames, which is causing a problem with games retailers: they’re running out of Joy-Con stock.
You can’t use the Switch Pro controller with Super Mario Party. The Switch Pro also has fancy motion sensors that allow it to be used with almost every single Nintendo Switch game, but Super Mario Party’s engineers felt that the Joy-Con was the only controller that worked with every one of their mini-games. It’d be a little awkward to try and flip a virtual burger using a big, bulky gamepad, after all.
The Nintendo Switch comes with two Joy-Cons straight out of the box, so you should really only need one more pair in order to get a good 4-player game of Super Mario Party going. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people who thought the exact same thing, and Nintendo didn’t quite do the math when they were determining if there were enough Joy-Cons out there for everyone to play.
We have Reset Era user Joseki (by way of NintendoEnthusiast) for doing some research into the status of Joy-Con stocks throughout Europe. Amazon’s stock is completely depleted in Italy, Denmark, France, and the UK, with back-orders shipping in 5 to 15 days. That’s a long time to wait for a Super Mario Party, especially considering the game was released on October 5th.
We don’t know how Amazon is faring in Japan, but we do know that Japanese games retailer GEO experienced a 300% sales spike shortly after Super Mario Party’s release.
Of course, Europeans can always order from North America, but then you’d be paying for some murderous shipping charges. It all depends how badly you want to lose all your friends in a bitter game of Super Mario Party.