Nintendo may not meet future hardware demands due to part shortages
While immediate orders can be met, the future is unclear.
What you need to know
- Nintendo President, Shintaro Furukawa, recently discussed Nintendo Switch hardware production in an interview with Nikkei.
- The company has been able to secure enough components to meet immediate demand for the system.
- However, there are doubts whether or not future orders can comfortably be met.
Furukawa reassured Nikkei that enough materials and components have been secured to ensure that immediate orders can be fulfilled. However, he admits that it is “difficult to say” whether or not they will be able to “prepare enough for [future] orders.”
In light of the global pandemic, the video game industry has seen a surge in demand, from contemporary consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, to retro games on second-hand marketplaces like eBay. While this would normally be viewed in a positive light, the reality is that with pandemic lockdowns and reduced labour forces in crucial supply chains, the supply unfortunately struggles to meet the demand.
Nintendo struggled to meet demand even before the pandemic, with consoles being scarce in some areas around the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Nintendo Switch finally managed to outsell the Nintendo 3DS, with 79.87 million units being soldworldwide as of December 2020. While the future is unclear, we do know that Nintendo is trying their best to ensure that everyone is able to experience the amazing games that the Nintendo Switch has to offer.
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