The Semiconductor Shortage could lead to a lack of Nintendo Switch stocks
Nintendo planned to push for an updated version of its immensely successful game console, the Nintendo Switch. The console finally had a hardware upgrade in the works after being on the market for over four years. The Nintendo Switch Lite served as more of a middle ground for the console but the untitled 2021 update promised to be a true level-up. Now, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa warns that the ongoing semiconductor shortage might affect Switch production later this year.
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Furukawa discussed the potential future problems for the company given the ongoing shortage of parts. The lack of hardware primarily affected PC components, the Sony PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. Nintendo allegedly worked towards securing necessary hardware but they see a possible future where their supply could run out.
“We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for switches. However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future.”
Nintendo’s President spoke realistically about the potential stock shortage in the near future. The company faced shortages on the game console since the global pandemic started. Now, they face more troubles with the current lack of parts.
“It is difficult to say how we will deal with this, but in some cases, we may not be able to prepare enough for orders.”
The massive game and console developer remained silent about the potential Nintendo Switch upgrade despite reports of a potential Holiday 2021 release. The impending shortage of Switch hardware compounded with the very real possibility of scalpers makes it a very dire situation for the average gamer. Experts say the ongoing semiconductor shortage could last well into the middle of 2022. Hopefully, most of us last until then with the painful lack of hardware across the market.