The Nintendo Switch was officially released nearly 6 months ago, however many shoppers worldwide are still finding it hard to get their hands on the system. Gamers in both Canada and the U.S. are often left frustrated after retailers announce restock of the Switch, only to have it sell out moments later, while other countries like Japan have reported of massive line-ups containing as many as 5000 people waiting to enter a lottery just for the chance to buy the console.
While many people around the internet have speculated as to why the Switch shortage is persisting, Nintendo has chosen to offer very little insight into the shortage until recently, when a Nintendo representative sat down to give some reasons as to why the company is still having trouble fulfilling the demand for their new console.
According to the Nintendo representative, the company never expected the Switch to sell as well as it has been selling so far. The gaming system has reportedly sold 4.7 million units worldwide as of June 30, with 1.5 million units having been sold in Japan alone as of the end of August.
The rep goes on to explain in their statement that the scarcity of the system has a lot to do with the fact that the company sources many of the Nintendo Switch's parts from various manufacturing companies, and these companies also produce parts for numerous data centres as well as tech giants like Apple -- which requires large quantities for products like the iPhone 7 and upcoming iPhone 8. It's this demand from other companies that makes it hard for the manufactures to guarantee their deliveries to Nintendo in a timely fashion.
While the shortage is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, there is some hope that it won't persist throughout the holiday season. Sources are reporting that Nintendo is making progress in working through the shortages of key components for the Switch, which has already resulted in more systems hitting store shelves faster than before. "We're doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so," says Nintendo in a statement. When it comes to the holidays, "We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast."