Last month, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa expressed to Japanese business publication Nikkei that a Nintendo Switch hardware shortage was possible for later this year. Now, in new comments to Nikkei as translated by VGC, Furukawa has confirmed that a semiconductor shortage is preventing Nintendo from manufacturing all the hardware that it desires to produce.
“Due to the global shortage of semiconductor materials, we are not able to produce all the products we want to,” he said. “We are doing everything we can, but there is an increasing sense of uncertainty about production plans. Our earnings forecast is based on the assumption that we will be able to secure parts and materials, and if the situation changes, we would like to respond by revising it.”
Nonetheless, Nintendo has reportedly increased its Switch hardware manufacturing target to 30 million units for this fiscal year. Indeed, at its current rate, Switch seems more than poised to surpass even the outstanding sales of Wii, and to date the hybrid console has sold 84.59 million units between its base and Lite models.
Even if the games lineup coming to Switch in 2021 is a bit nebulous at this point — though Game Builder Garage was a nice surprise — the console itself is still in an extremely healthy state from a consumer standpoint. Hopefully another Nintendo Switch hardware shortage doesn’t throw a monkey wrench in all that.