The Nintendo Switch has been particularly tricky to get hold of in various parts of the world over the last few weeks, partly thanks to its popularity and partly thanks to coronavirus-related stock issues. A new report suggests that these stock issues may well continue, with Nintendo said to be struggling to acquire necessary parts.
The report comes from Bloomberg, which states that government-imposed lockdowns in Malaysia and the Philippines are causing new problems for Nintendo. Printed circuit boards found within the Switch are manufactured in Malaysia, and the Philippines provides passive components which are then attached to those PCBs; with both nations having to limit business operations at present, production of the console is expected to be impacted.
Nintendo had recently promised that more Switch stock was on the way, and its recent fiscal year earnings report noted that the coronavirus outbreak hadn't had too much of an impact on business thus far. It appeared that the worst may be over for Nintendo, with supply issues in China starting to ease up a little, but this could prove to be a new headache to have to deal with.
"The inventory may recover in the summer, but we may see shortages again toward the year-end because Nintendo wouldn’t be able to produce enough units for the shopping season," Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda told Bloomberg.
Nintendo's current fiscal year forecast accounts for such drawbacks, with a prediction of 19 million console sales being set. This means that Nintendo expects Switch sales to fall by 9.6% year-on-year.
[source bloomberg.com, via vg247.com]
What do they mean “again?” There’s not been a Switch near where I live in a long while. Forget trying to find an extra dock.
That sucks for Nintendo, but there are bigger issues at the moment.
Just focus on software instead!
I still have an unopened Animal Crossing Switch, apparently the value has gone up by 150% since I bought it.
There’s a switch right inside my house, so I can’t be all that fuzzed about it .
Selfish, I know! But I often tend to share a joycon with somebody.
Stock shortages of the Switch? So glad this pandemic isn't affecting them! (Heheh. In all seriousness, hope everyone is well. That's the main thing.)
Didn’t they move some of their production to Vietnam after the US China tariffs happened?
So in reality this is not remotely Nintendo's fault. Nintendo cannot be excepted to control this kind of thing.
But I'm sure people will blame them for it anyway.
It would be a great time to start a new Switch rental company like a Blockbuster for consoles again. Think of the money!
No worries. We are Nintendo loyalists. We have our systems. Everyone else can go buy a ps5 or Series X. Stay safe Nintendo.
@sixrings Presumably though they'll have similar issues
Unless it is a Switch pro, I have a Switch, so I can pass on this one.
@aznable If you are looking for an extra dock I recommend you check out Amazon Japan. I actually just bought an additional dock set there for the standard retail. Check it out!
I missed the days when gaming consoles were made in Japan.
So is this piece from the future when there is no Switch shortage.
Because there still is one.
Shocking! Nintendo has ‘shortage’ issues. Who’d have thunk it!
clearly Nintendo is shrugging way more than Sony and Microsoft
@KBuckley27 You can add Android manufacturers and Apple into the mix. The iPhone 12, while it will be announced this year, won’t get into mass production until the end of the year. This pandemic is going to hit the majority of consumer electronics in the nose and throw the balance way off.
Sony and Microsoft manufacture their consoles in those same areas Nintendo is affected. They’re not off the shelve PC motherboards.
Damn ! Nintendo has no hardware for holidays just when new generation releases ? Oh boi... And Nintendo was already really lacking this year, yikes
Now do these predictions include the Switch Lite as well?
To say this such a long way out from the holidays will likely only increase demand further...
Sad, a lot of my neighborhood kids want a switch. Guess it's time to set up a borrowing service for them with mine again. Hopefully I can pick up a lite or something for them this summer.
This causes problems in some countries. Scalpers and Hoarders who resell and doubles the price of Switch console especially the limited edition Animal Crossing New Horizons Switch console.
@progx No they don't. Sony and MS use Foxconn (a Taiwanese company) to manufacture their consoles, and Foxconn's major factories are in China.
Tell Nintendo not to worry, at the year's end people will be buying PS5.
I just ordered a nintendo switch lite last week from target.com. It got here in two days. So I'm assuming this shortage is for regular nintendo switch (which I also have btw). So basically anyone who wants a switch for christmas, should buy it during the summer. And if you don't have the money for it, use your stimulus check.
Not for scalpers I’m sure. 😑
@Investor9872 Foxconn assembles the products. For example, Apple relies on TSMC to manufacture their processor dies for their iPhones and iPads. Those products are then shipped to Foxconn for assembly and production. Foxconn doesn't build all the parts.
This is a major problem. I have a switch and a lite at home, but I’ve been keeping an eye on secondary market just out of morbid curiosity and it’s getting worse by the day / hour. 2 weeks ago, switches were in the ballpark of $400-$450. Now you’d be lucky to find one that sells and ships for under $500 - $550. It’s going to take a massive supply spike to fix this curve and it doesn’t sound like it’s coming anytime soon. I’d be shocked if supply catches up with demand this summer or anytime in calendar year 2020.
@Gamehendge real Nintendo fans didn't wait for animal crossing to look for a switch. I have no sympathy for these people and Nintendo shouldn't put themselves at risk catering to them.
@Zidentia As long as the systems are cleaned thoroughly after rental!
But of course. We will sanitize before and after.
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