In an interview with Japanese publication Nikkei with relevant translations by VGC, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed Nintendo Switch hardware production. He explained that while manufacturing is currently fit to meet demand, another Switch hardware shortage could occur later in the year if the current intense demand continues.
“We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for Switches,” said Furukawa. “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.” He added that it was difficult to state how Nintendo would handle such a Switch shortage and satisfy orders placed.
It’s perhaps a testament to the power of the Nintendo Switch hardware production supply chain that it was able to keep up with demand through 2020 amid the pandemic and the utterly unprecedented success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Projections via Bloomberg estimate a total of 26.5 million Nintendo Switch units were sold over the past fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. Meanwhile, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S continue to struggle with manufacturing, and the instant they appear at online retailers, scalper bots snatch many of them up.
It remains to be seen how a Nintendo Switch hardware shortage scenario would be complicated if Nintendo does indeed launch the so-called Switch Pro with alleged 4K and DLSS this year.