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Nintendo Switch Production Millions Below Target Due to Chip Shortage

There will be millions fewer Switch and Switch OLED consoles on sale than Nintendo had hoped because of the ongoing chip shortage.

The Nintendo Switch has been a huge success so far. Releasing in 2017, the console is fast approaching 100 million sold now and shows no sign of slowing down.

What’s more, the new model has given Nintendo fans a reason to buy yet another system, thanks to the much-improved Switch OLED screen.

Despite this, though, all Switch models might be harder to buy than many gamers would like over the next year.

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Nintendo Switch & Switch OLED Could Face Stock Shortages

Although stores like GameStop may have Switch OLEDs for walk-in customers, this may not be for much longer.

A new report from Nikkei via VGC has revealed that Nintendo has been struggling to produce as many Switch consoles as planned. This could lead to a Nintendo Switch shortage in the coming year.

The target was to make 30 million Switch and Switch OLED consoles in the financial year ending in March 2022. However, the company looks to be far away from achieving this target.

In fact, Nikkei believes that Nintendo will only be able to produce 24 million. This is 20% less than the ambitious target.

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The main reason behind the lower than hoped Switch production is the shortage of components used to make the consoles. In particular, semiconductor materials are proving to be very hard to come by.

How the components shortage will affect the availability of Nintendo Switch consoles over the next year is yet to be seen. However, expect them to be harder to come by.

The component shortages have also disrupted the production of PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles too.


Meanwhile, if you think getting a Switch will be difficult, you won’t have any luck getting an Xbox. Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox Series X stock problems will continue into next year.

Although, Sony has secured the all-important chips. This means that the PS5 stock shortage could be over soon.

Luckily, there is no shortage of upcoming Nintendo Switch games to play. Here are the top 13 most anticipated Switch games in the next couple of years.

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