Nintendo has hinted that a Switch shortage could be imminent. The company predicts that the panel may soon be scarce partly due to the lack of manufacturing parts such as semiconductors.
The current semiconductor shortage has led to production problems with both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 since their launch. Talk to Nikkei (Translated by Chronicles of video gamesNintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that this issue could keep the company from keeping up with increased demand.
“We were able to secure the materials required for the manufacture of semiconductors immediately for the switches,” Furukawa said. “However, in Japan and other countries, the demand is very strong from the beginning of the year until now and there is a possibility of a shortage at some retailers in the coming time. It is difficult to say how we will deal with this, but in some cases we may not be able to prepare enough for the orders ”.
Players have been experiencing a Switch shortage over the past year as demand for the system skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the many reasons for the Nintendo Switch’s growth involves the release Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a game has has shipped more than 31 million units as of December 31, 2020. This is already the system’s second best-selling game, second only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (reaching more than 33 million units shipped).
“Although (Japan’s) emergency is over, people are spending more time at home than before,” added Furukawa. “Like games with long lifespans like Mule More acceptance, we believe this will have a significant impact on future development. We want to provide games that enable communication between friends and family ”.
This is particularly worrying for Nintendo, as the company is reportedly planning to launch an upgraded Switch system by the end of 2021 or possibly early 2022. It is said that the new Switch system will include 7-inch OLED display, supports 4K output and offers better battery life.
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