Nintendo says it has enough parts for “immediate” production of the Switch

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Nintendo's president provided an update on the hardware production of the Switch , stating that the company was able to secure enough semiconductors for “immediate” production.

However, speaking to Nikkei (paid access), Shuntaro Furukawa warned that the Switch could still face hardware shortages this year due to significant demand.

“We were able to secure the materials needed 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 in some retailers in the future.

"It's hard to say how we're going to handle this, but in some cases, we may not be able to prepare well enough for orders."

The global shortage of semiconductors has affected electronics production since the beginning of the pandemic.

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In the gaming industry, console makers struggled with inventory shortages for a year after Covid-19 closed essential supply chains and demand for gaming devices increased significantly.

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In particular, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles have been incredibly difficult to secure, with most online stocks sold out within minutes.

A previous Bloomberg report suggested that the current semiconductor shortage could lead to game console inventory struggles through Christmas.

In a recent interview, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan could not guarantee that the company would be able to satisfy demand for the PS5 until the 2021 holiday sales season, noting in a discussion with the Financial Times that “there are very few magic wands that can be waved”, although he said the supply situation will improve throughout the year.

The head of investor relations at Microsoft , Mike Spencer, said the company expects the Series X/S shortages to persist into the second half of 2021.

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