Speaking to Nikkei (opens in new tab) (via VGC (opens in new tab)), Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa broke the news that while the system isn't having any production issues just yet, the ongoing demand and shortage of parts is going to become an obstacle. What's more, there doesn't seem to be a solution on the horizon, meaning it might not be long before the Switch consoles are as difficult to get hold of as the new gaming hardware from Sony and Microsoft.
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"We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for switches,” he told Nikkei. “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.
"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.”
Since the pandemic hit last year, the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite have become must-have devices to keep us entertained during lockdown. Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched at the onset in March, 2020, and quickly became a medium through which players could socialize and keep in touch. It even spawned web talk show Animal Talking, hosted by Gary Whitta, featuring guests like Danny Trejo, Selene Gomez, and Elijah Wood.
As well as Nintendo IPs, the system has ports of popular titles like The Witcher 3, Skyrim, and Doom. With new titles rolling out last year, filling in the gap between console generations, the popularity of the Switch continued to grow. The system is still very much in demand, and it's only going to get harder to find as we head towards onwards in 2021.
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