Nintendo says component shortages are no longer an issue for the Switch's successor


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During Nintendo's recent shareholder meeting, president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about a topic that will undoubtedly be on the minds of gamers around the world as we get closer to the reveal of the Switch successor: scalpers.

Last year, Nintendo expressed its interest in reducing the number of scalping incidents related to new hardware by simply ensuring the company “produces and ships sufficient quantities to meet customer demand”. At this year's June shareholder meeting, Furukawa reiterated this desire, but importantly indicated that the component shortage issue that has plagued the gaming industry for the past few years is no longer affecting Nintendo.

Furukawa said the following in a translation by IGN:

“Although we were unable to produce sufficient quantities of Nintendo Switch hardware last year and prior to that due to a shortage of semiconductor components, this situation has now been resolved. At this time, we do not believe component shortages will have a significant impact on the production of the successor model.”

This is certainly good news for those hoping to pick up a console on day one (whenever that is). If there's one thing that defined the PS5 and Xbox Series X launches in 2020, it's that nobody could get their hands on these things for months, and customers (and scalpers) snapped up new stock in a matter of minutes.

If Nintendo can produce enough units of the Switch successor to meet demand and complement it with a strong launch lineup of games, we suspect the company will be off to a good start.



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