Nintendo President Says Supply of Nintendo Switch May Stagnate in 2022

Global supply chain issues continue to pose a major problem for the industry.

By Angela Marrujo Fornaca. Posted 12/29/2021 22:42 Comment on this     ShareThis

In a recent interview featured in Kyoto Shimbun, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa warned that the supply of Nintendo Switch is likely to stagnate following the start of 2022.

MST Financial Senior Analyst David Gibson provided a brief rundown of the article (which is in Japanese) on his Twitter account. According to Furukawa, year-end sales of Switch were strong, particularly of the recently-released OLED model. However, continued global semiconductor shortages and logistics issues in the United States have proved problematic for Nintendo in being able to meet consumer demand.

Nintendo had to resort to airlifting supplies of the Switch to stores in the US to ensure they had enough for Black Friday sales, and had to use rail freight for the first time in Europe to get enough consoles to consumers in the region. Furukawa went on to conclude that customer demand is going to dictate whether Nintendo will be able to produce the number of consoles they’d like in 2022.

Sadly, this isn’t a new issue, but an ongoing one that’s been affecting the entire gaming industry for the last year and is projected to last until 2023. Here’s hoping we see the supply issues clear up sooner than expected.

Source: Kyoto Shimbun, David Gibson on Twitter

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