Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

20% reduction in Nintendo Switch production due to chip shortage

Nintendo Switch production is 20% below the initial forecast for the year. Currently, the total number of units produced for consoles will be only 24 million by March.

According to the report from NikkeiThis issue is due to a shortage of semiconductors and other electronic components, and a strong demand for consoles such as the latest OLED versions. Around spring, parts such as microcomputers became a production bottleneck, and Nintendo reduced its production target because it did not have enough parts.

The original plan was to produce about 30 million Nintendo Switch units. This is a record number due to the increased number of people spending at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Nintendo spokeswoman said, “We are assessing the impact they have on our production.” Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa admitted that due to uncertainties surrounding production, he was unable to manufacture as many switch units as the company wanted. But he also explained that the demand for switches remains strong.

As of August of this year, Nintendo has sold over 89 million Nintendo Switches, surpassing the lifetime sales of both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In addition, Nintendo Switch wiped out Japan’s sales charts over the course of a week, offering 30 best-selling games from a single console. It was a feat that hasn’t been achieved since the NES in 1988.

On October 8th, Nintendo launched an OLED model of the system along with a new Metroid Dread game. In IGN’s Nintendo Switch OLED review, Taylor Lyles said: Much more often-and not just when I’m trying to travel. “

Image of Nintendo Switch (OLED model)

George Jan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @ yinyangfooey