Nintendo Switch Units Will Likely be Scarce for the Rest of 2020

Nintendo Switch Units Will Likely be Scarce for the Rest of 2020

Lockdowns in Malaysia and the Philippines are impeding production.

Don't expect Nintendo Switch stock to return to shelves any time soon. A new report claims that the company is still struggling to produce essential components for the console, which will likely affect stock around the world for the rest of the year.

The new report comes from Bloomberg, which claims that Nintendo is struggling to procure essential components for the Switch due to lockdowns in Malaysia and the Philippines. This will likely limit production for the rest of 2020, several sources have told Bloomberg.

The report from Bloomberg notes that Malaysia and the Philippines are both under government-imposed lockdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Malaysia relaxed its lockdown earlier this month on May 4, individual states have delayed relaxing the lockdown while companies have struggled to get all their workers tested before reopening.

Speaking to Bloomberg, an analyst at Ace Research Institute expects the Nintendo Switch to remain relatively scarce throughout the rest of 2020. They noted that although we could see an increase in stock through the Summer, there would likely be shortages once again come Fall and the Holiday season, due to increased demand.

Earlier last month in April, Nintendo assured that more Switch stock was on the way. This all comes after the console sold out in various regions around the world, with Ring Fit Adventure in particular becoming incredibly popular and hard to find. We'll have to wait and see how the situation with COVID-19 plays out for Nintendo in the rest of 2020.

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