The ongoing semiconductor shortage has had a big impact on supply of graphics cards, Xbox Series consoles and PS5's, not to mention Switch stock. Whilst Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that Nintendo are set for the 'immediate future', that may change later this year.
Nintendo Warn Of Some Switch Stock Issues This Year
"We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for switches,” he said. “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.”
As mentioned, Nintendo aren't the only console manufacturer in this particular boat, with the pandemic-induced shortage impacting supply lines the world over. But with demand for the Japanese giant's hybrid console continuing to be high, it's likely that Switch's will continue to be in scarce supply throughout 2021.
Plus, although Nintendo have yet to confirm its existence, rumours continue to abound regarding a possible 'Switch Pro' upgrade arriving later this year. If those rumours turn out to be true, there could be further supply woes in Nintendo's future.