Nintendo Switch Shortages Expected for Foreseeable Future

The Switch Lite and Switch shortages won't end anytime soon.

We reported a while ago on Nintendo Switch shortages hitting retailers and online stores, in keeping with what analysts predicted would happen due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, Nintendo acknowledges we'll be seeing Switch Lite shortages soon as well, and things probably won't change anytime soon.

The statement comes as an add-on to what Nintendo said in February, where the company predicted manufacturing wouldn't be seriously affected. Translation is courtesy of Japanese Nintendo.

The new statement reads:

We didn’t mention the Switch Lite because there was still enough stock in the market at the time of publication [in February]. But the point that many of its parts are made in China is the same.

We are doing various efforts inside the company; although shipments haven’t stagnated, they are getting delayed.

So, in other words, manufacturing might be proceeding as expected, but the supply can't be shipped out for both the standard Switch and the Switch Lite.

While we can't say for sure, it's likely the current shortage in the U.S. isn't helped by the fantastic (and system selling) Animal Crossing: New Horizons either.

With COVID-19 impacting virtually every area of the games industry, including E3 2020's cancellation and The Last of Us Part 2's delay, there's unfortunately no telling when we'll see things get back to normal.

The original translation is over on Japanese Nintendo. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch and coronavirus delay news as it develops.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Platforms Nintendo Switch
Published Apr. 3rd 2020

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