Nintendo Warns there could be Switch Shortages for the Holidays

Nintendo said late last month that it intended to ramp up production of the Switch game consoles for the holidays with the goal of ending the shortages that have plagued the console since its launch. Nintendo has now stepped up and said that despite its hopes, there will likely be shortages of consoles this holiday season reports Segmentnext. The gaming company notes that it’s not that it isn’t producing enough Switch consoles, but that the supply chain is complex.

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime said, “There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points. I won’t go into any more detail but it’s not just one component. I’m going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace. But what I don’t know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.”

We have no idea what those choke points might be and odds are there will be a shortage of consoles. That means if you hope to get one for Christmas or give one for Christmas, you need to be on the look out for the consoles to land at local stores or online. This also means that we will likely see many of the Switch consoles as part of bundles that will cost more and might have items in them you really don’t want for the holidays.

Bundles usually include more than one game, multiple controllers, and other accessories. Nintendo still has the goal of shipping 10 million Switch consoles in this fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. Through June 20 4.7 million consoles had been sold, no new information on sales has been offered since then.