The outbreak of COVID-19 and resulting stay-at-home orders gave the Nintendo Switch a pretty big bump in demand. Though the company struggled for a while to keep up, it sounds like production should normalize and get more Switches back on shelves soon.
At a shareholder's meeting at the company headquarters in Kyoto (as reported by Kyodo News), Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that production of the Nintendo Switch is likely to return to normal soon. "We could not manufacture [Switch] as planned until May but production has been largely recovering from June," said Furukawa. "We expect it to normalize around summer."
In February, reports indicated that the effects of the coronavirus were impacting Nintendo Switch production, and that the shortage would soon be felt worldwide. The Nintendo Switch spiked in popularity, bolstered by the rampant success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and renewed interest in the virtual fitness RPG Ring Fit Adventure.
May reports indicated that the Switch would continue to be scarce through the year, but Nintendo seems to believe things will normalize soon. Furukawa apologized for the inconvenience to the customers and said the situation will improve as soon as possible.
When it came to how COVID-19 has affected Nintendo's software department, Furukawa said he currently does not see any impact on games set to launch this year, but doesn't rule out further complications should a "second or third wave" of the outbreak start up. The next major Nintendo launch on the docket is Paper Mario: The Origami King, currently set for July 17 for the Nintendo Switch.