Bloomberg has produced an article providing an in-depth look at the manufacturing issues surrounding the Nintendo Switch system during the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts have chimed in to say that they aren’t expecting supply issues to be resolved completely anytime soon and that the Nintendo Switch console could remain hard to find throughout the year. This could prove to be a headache for Nintendo as Sony and Microsoft unleash their new systems later this year.
Rivals Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. plan to introduce new iterations of their consoles later this year, putting pressure on Nintendo to capitalize on the Switch’s popularity before the competition arrives. The Xbox and PlayStation teams source components from other countries and are therefore not affected by these particular lockdowns
“The inventory may recover in the summer, but we may see shortages again toward the year-end because Nintendo wouldn’t be able to produce enough units for the shopping season,” said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute.