Nintendo ceases Switch shipments in Japan due to pandemic-related supply chain problems
Nintendo said it cut off Switch shipments in Japan because it is “unable to meet the growing demand” during the pandemic (via VGC).
Earlier this week, the company announced that all Switch systems, including the Lite version and the Animal Crossing version, will not be sent if the order was not made this week or earlier. The situation does not apply to Europe and the United States, although it is reported that it is difficult to access the console in these areas. Partner factories in China and Vietnam, fortunately, have “recovered to a certain level,” but Nintendo itself is “unable to cope with growing demand.”
Delays in the transport of goods and restrictions caused by the pandemic are the cause of the problems, as well as the responsibility to contain the virus and stop its spread. However, the demand for switches has grown very quickly, because people are looking for ways to entertain themselves while maintaining social isolation. “We were unable to maintain supplies,” said a Nintendo spokesperson for Nikkei, but another spokesman for Nintendo U.S. assured that “more systems are coming”.
Currently, the prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka, as well as the city of Tokyo, are in a state of emergency. The Japanese government is also implementing an emergency package with a reserve fund of $ 2.5 billion. US for the fiscal year to “contain the virus and minimize its impact on the economy.”