Nintendo wants to make sure there are no Nintendo Switch 2 shortages — here’s how

Nintendo Switch OLED being played in Handheld mode.
(Image credit: Nintendo)

New consoles can be tricky to find at launch, especially with the increase in scalping and bot activity over the past few years. So understandably, concerns are swirling around the Nintendo Switch 2 suffering the same fate as the PS5 — becoming more or less impossible to purchase for the first year or 2 of its life. 

Thankfully, Nintendo seems to be working to ensure that doesn’t happen, and said as much during a recent shareholder Q&A. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that Nintendo is taking action to ensure customers get consoles rather than scalpers — aided by the fact the global semiconductor shortage is over.

Furukawa said that he isn’t worried about semiconductor shortages, which is part of the reason why the Switch fell victim to scalping during the pandemic years. He also added that “as a countermeasure against resale, we believe that the most important thing is to produce a sufficient number to meet customer demand, and this idea has not changed since last year.”

This makes perfect sense. Flood the market with Switch 2 consoles, and people will be able to pick up a new console for the retail price. Meaning scalpers can’t charge outrageous markups, like we saw with the likes of the PS5.

“At this time, we do not believe that the shortage of components will have a significant impact on the production of the successor model," Furukawa followed up. Nintendo should be able to mass produce the new console without issue, and without customers needing to pay close attention to restocks to try and get their hands on a Switch 2.

Nintendo has been accused of exploiting the mechanics of supply and demand in the past. Whether we’re talking about the first wave of amiibo or the NES classic consoles, the conspiracy-inclined have suggested the company deliberately throttles its supply to keep hype (and demand) higher for longer.

Though such instances can easily be explained without malice. Nintendo may not have realized just how popular retro gaming and miniature models of classic characters would be. It may also be proceeding with caution after the disaster flop that was the Wii U. But regardless of the reasons why these shortages took place, it seems Nintendo doesn’t want that to happen with the Switch 2.

Rumored for years, the next generation machine was initially expected to be announced some time in 2024, but it's looking more likely to be unveiled and launched next year. It’s claimed that this has been done to deliberately avoid stock shortages, which suggests Nintendo isn’t just saying what people want to hear.

So there may be a wait before the Switch 2 actually arrives. In the meantime you can keep up to date with all the latest news and rumors, including leaked specs, over on our Nintendo Switch 2 hub.

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Tom is the Tom's Guide's UK Phones Editor, tackling the latest smartphone news and vocally expressing his opinions about upcoming features or changes. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining about how terrible his Smart TV is.