There is currently a widespread shortage of Nintendo Switch
consoles at retail, which is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the supply chain. Stock scarcity is being further exacerbated by a group of resellers who are buying up fresh stock to mark up the price and make a profit.Nintendo has asked its suppliers and assembly contacts to “prepare for additional production in the April-June quarter” to make up for the shortage. However, a Nintendo representative said that, despite calls for increased production, “the outlook remains uncertain, and we can’t forecast exactly how many Switches can be supplied.”
Parts suppliers have reportedly received orders up to 50% larger than their expected output, and Nintendo is reportedly ordering from a wider range of companies to avoid any potential bottlenecks. An industry source tells Nikkei that, “There are signs procurement is being moved forward to deal with the disruptions in the supply chains.”
With the gaming market booming and Nintendo riding high after the success of last month’s Animal Crossing, this shortage comes at an unfortunate time for the company, but hopefully its stock can be replenished, and something can be done about the rampant reselling affecting the market at present. For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out our coverage of last week’s update that finally allows players to remap their Joy-Con controllers.
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