The Nintendo Switch has a lot going for it. On top of an already meteoric rise to the top of sales charts in a way that the much-maligned Wii U could only have dreamed of, the Switch has a genuinely exciting lineup of games out already in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, ARMS, and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition that will only be improved by the end of 2017. For many, the biggest problem with Nintendo’s console isn’t related to its hardware – it’s simply that they can’t find one for themselves due to the very public struggles of Nintendo in attempting to meet demand for its new device.
The Switch shortages have quickly become a global issue for Nintendo, and the company addressed this problem earlier today in a statement released on its official Japanese website. Nintendo acknowledged that the Switch has been extremely hard to come by since March, while also making note of the fact that it has released new shipments of the Switch every week since its launch date in an attempt to ensure that demand is being met. Nintendo then offered this vague update:
“For autumn and beyond, we will continue to work to ensure that as many products as possible can be delivered to our customers towards the end of the year.”
Nintendo also noted that it “sincerely apologized” to both its customers and the retailers struggling to keep the Switch in stock for the continued inconvenience. To its credit, Nintendo has been doing its best to meet Switch demand ever since the console was an unexpected hit, but there have been some major roadblocks along the way.
One of the biggest issues with Switch production is that Nintendo is fighting with Apple and other tech giants for parts. Despite Nintendo’s massive stature in the video game industry, they can’t hope to outbid companies like Apple to ensure more parts without also dramatically increasing the cost of Switch production.
Source: Nintendo Japan Official Website