Shortage of components, Nintendo announces stock problems also for the Switch

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It will be a very difficult year for video games, as not only PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S will struggle to make it to the store shelves. In fact, the trend concerns all the competitors in the sector.

In part confirming a report from last month’s Bloombergthe president of Nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa gave an interesting interview with Nikkei, which is sure to make you think. In fact, Furukawa confirms that the shortage of semiconductors could affect the production of Nintendo Switch and retail availability this year, just as has already emerged in recent weeks with regard to the new Sony and Microsoft consoles.

Furukawa claims that Nintendo was “Able to guarantee the materials necessary for the immediate production of semiconductors for Switch”. However, thanks to strong demand in Japan and other countries, “There is a possibility that consoles will be missing in some retailers in the future”.

At this point, Furukawa isn’t sure how the company will deal with the problem, but he claims that “In some cases we may not be able to prepare enough for orders”. A problem that is not new for Nintendo, which in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, was faced with an unprecedented request for the Switch, so much so that the console was unobtainable for some time. In 2021, however, things are very different, and concern the supply of semiconductors.

It will be interesting to see if the shortage of materials, which also worries Sony, Microsoft and many other companies that have already turned to US President Biden to investigate the matter, will have repercussions on the repeatedly rumored Switch Pro. The console, a more powerful version of Switch with 4K support, it would be scheduled for the end of 2021, but the problems that companies are encountering in these months could change the cards.

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