Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta recently talked about the shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles to Ars Technica. There, he talked more about the situation, explaining that it wasn’t intentional. According to Scibetta, they were prepared for some demand, but the demand ended up being even higher than they expected. Scibetta says they’re trying very hard to meet the demand.
Scibetta also brought up the NES Mini, admitting that “I think we could have done a better job communicating that was gonna be a limited run. It was supposed to be for that holiday. We extended it actually because demand was so much, then we stopped producing it”. Here’s all that Scibetta had to say on the Switch shortages:
“It’s definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market. We’re making it as fast as we can. We want to get as many units out as we can to support all the software that’s coming out right now… our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to have units on shelves to support Super Mario Odyssey.We anticipated there was going to be demand for it, but the demand has been even higher than we thought. We had a good quantity for launch, we sold 2.7 million worldwide in that first month, said we’re going to have 10 million [more] by the end of the fiscal year… Unfortunately, we’re in a situation right now where as quick as it’s going into retail outlets it’s being snapped up. It’s a good problem to have, but we’re working very hard to try to meet demand.”