Nintendo hints that a shortage of Switch consoles could be on its way

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Nintendo has hinted that a shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles could be on its way. The company have predicted that the console will become scarce due to a lack of a production parts such as semiconductors.
The shortage of semiconductor parts have also caused production issues for both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 since they were launched. Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa said that the shortage could prevent the company keeping up with demand of the console. 
Furukawa stated ‘We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for Switches.’
‘However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future. It is difficult to say how we will deal with this, but in some cases, we may not be able to prepare enough for orders.’
Players have already experienced Switch shortages as the demand rose dramatically during the pandemic. The improved success of the Nintendo Switch has a lot to do with the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has shipped over 31 million units as of December 31, 2020.
Furukawa continued to say ‘Even though (Japan’s) state of emergency is over, people are spending more time at home than before. As games with long life spans like Animal Crossing become more accepted, we believe this will have a significant impact on future development. We want to provide games that can allow communication between friends and families.’
This is quite worrying for Nintendo, especially as they had plans to release an upgraded Switch 
towards the end of 2021.

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