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The Nintendo Switch might soon have limited stock due to a semiconductor shortage

The Switch has been flying off the shelves, but demand may soon be too much.

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The Nintendo Switch might soon begin to see the effects of the international semiconductor shortage. The company’s president Shuntaro Furukawa has said that though it currently has enough parts for immediate production, Nintendo may soon begin to struggle like many other tech companies, due to the lack of semiconductor availability that came as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nintendo’s president recently provided this update, and according to VGC, the company could very well begin to see stock shortages as early as this year. Though the supply chain for the Switch has been established for a while now, demand for the product has steadily risen during the pandemic, with Nintendo recently having one of its best quarters ever in terms of console sales.

This type of demand is unexpected and incredibly difficult to keep up with. When asked about the rising demand of the console, President Furukawa is quoted saying:

“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.”

This news is not great for Nintendo, and it will be interesting to see how the company handles this problem. The Switch has been performing great in terms of sales, probably benefitting greatly from the lack of Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 stock. The Switch had previously been able to rely on established supply lines, but it looks like they are running out as well.

Nintendo will have to do something in order to solve this problem, especially considering the possibility of a “Switch Pro” that might be launching later this year. The company could very well find itself in the same boat as Microsoft and Sony with a new console launch, but not enough material to fill the demand.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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