There are parts of the world where getting your hands on a Nintendo Switch console can be quite a difficult task. Japan, in particular, is suffering badly with queues of thousands of people that can often be seen waiting in line to win the chance of buying one. Nintendo is certainly aware of the situation. Thanks to a recent interview hosted by Japanese newspaper Mainichi, Nintendo addressed the situation and reiterated that the shortages are happening due to a number of factors; the factories that make the parts have a big demand from others like Apple and also that Nintendo didn’t factor in just how popular the new console would be.
Mainichi: It’s been half a year since the Nintendo Switch launched, why (are the shortages are still ongoing)?
Nintendo: We have never expected the Nintendo Switch to sell this much. You have to understand Nintendo doesn’t own the factory (making Nintendo Switch), as production is handled by another company in China. It’s easy to increase the production capacity of the factory. The finished product needs to be delivered from the harbor to the rest of the world, and rushing shipping is an extremely difficult thing to do.
We must also increase orders for parts that are made by many other different companies, and these are the same companies that also supply components for Apple’s upcoming iPhone, data centers, and many other products. Because of this, it’s difficult for these companies to guarantee timely delivery of our orders, hence production falls behind schedule.