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Nintendo chief uncertain about switch production due to chip shortages

cormack12

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Source: https://www.videogameschronicle.com...chip-shortage-is-hampering-switch-production/

FURUKAWA SAYS THE COMPANY IS “NOT ABLE TO PRODUCE ALL THE PRODUCTS WE WANT TO”

The company said on Thursday that it had shipped 28.83 million Switch units in its last fiscal year and that it expects to ship 25.50 million in the current one ending on March 31, 2022, which would see the system overtake Wii to become Nintendo’s best-selling home console to date.

However, during a press conference following the publication of its latest earnings results, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa admitted the company is unable to make as many consoles as it would like – and that there’s “an increasing sense of uncertainty” about its production capabilities.

“Due to the global shortage of semiconductor materials, we are not able to produce all the products we want to,” he said (via Nikkei, paywall). “We are doing everything we can, but there is an increasing sense of uncertainty about production plans.

“Our earnings forecast is based on the assumption that we will be able to secure parts and materials, and if the situation changes, we would like to respond by revising it.”

“We need to take into account the impact of the explosive success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which drove hardware sales in the previous fiscal year,” he said on Thursday. “However, the forecast of 25.5 million units at the beginning of the fiscal year is a very high figure compared to the past.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on March 20, 2020 and sold 11.77 million copies in its first 11 days of availability. It then sold 20.85 million units in Nintendo’s last fiscal year, almost twice as many copies as the company’s next best-selling game during the 12-month period, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The racing game, which released in April 2017, remains Switch’s best-seller to date, but is now less than three million units ahead of New Horizons.
 

Vier

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Oh we can’t make the switch. Better make it a pro version

And for $100 more.
 

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The company said on Thursday that it had shipped 28.83 million Switch units in its last fiscal year and that it expects to ship 25.50 million in the current one ending on March 31, 2022, which would see the system overtake Wii to become Nintendo’s best-selling home console to date.

hmm, I've seen a few switches not used at home.