Report: Coronavirus Could Cause Switch Shortages in the US as Early as April

Report: Coronavirus Could Cause Switch Shortages in the US as Early as April

Shipments bound for the US later this month could be affected.

The Coronavirus is already causing Nintendo Switch shortages in Japan due to manufacturing being affected in China. A new report claims the US could face similar shortages as early as April.

A new report from Takashi Mochizuki at Bloomberg claims that Nintendo will likely face a struggle to supply Switch units to both US and European markets as early as April. This will come about due to a production bottleneck caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, according to Bloomberg's multiple sources.

The Animal Crossing bundle for Nintendo Switch. | Nintendo

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Nintendo was struggling to supply Switch units to Japan because of a manufacturing plant in China being affected by the virus. At the time, the report speculated that Nintendo's manufacturing plant in Vietnam, which is primarily used to supply Switch units to the US, could be forced to divert units to Japan to keep up with demand, thus affecting the US shipments of the Switch.

According to Bloomberg's more recent report, Nintendo Switch shipments for February and March to the US won't be affected because they've already been shipped out of Asia. It's the shipments that are due to leave in late February and early March that could be affected by the Coronavirus, which would be arriving in the US in April.

It's not just Nintendo that's been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. Overwatch League and League of Legends matches have been postponed or cancelled in China, the Taipei Games Show in Taiwan has been postponed, and a litany of other events and games have been cancelled in the weeks since the Coronavirus first spread from Wuhan.

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