If you’re trying to find a brand new original model Switch at the moment, you’re probably not having much luck. Just last week, Nintendo was forced to issue an apology for ongoing shortages and promised more systems were on the way.
Nikkei has now been informed by parts suppliers that the Kyoto-based video game developer will produce “about 10% more” Switch units this year – compared to the 20 million in 2019.
A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the requested production increase, but didn’t attach an exact figure:
We hope [suppliers] will be responsive to the production increase, but for procurement of some parts, the outlook remains uncertain, and we can’t forecast exactly how many Switches can be supplied
A representative of a components supplier said parts suppliers would do what they could to comply with the production increase request during these difficult times, but the new social measures in place could potentially cause some frustrations.
Some suppliers have also supposedly received part orders for April-June, which are said to be 50% larger than originally planned, and one industry insider said there are “signs procurement is being moved forward” to deal with the potential disruptions in supply chains.
Earlier this month, Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad told Business Insider Nintendo’s supply situation could improve by the end of May, or at some point in June.
Have you had any luck finding an original model Nintendo Switch in recent times? Leave a comment below.