During a shareholder answer session, Nintendo executives allayed concerns over the possibility of a Switch 2 coming up.
Nintendo has good news for fans hoping to get their hands on any console version that comes after the Switch – commonly known as the Switch 2. Early adopters may not have to worry about inventory levels low if Nintendo has anything to say about it. The feasibility of this console has been a topic of great discussion in recent years, due to various reasons beyond the control of the manufacturers. But Nintendo executives hope to address at least one of those problems directly.
When the Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017, it immediately became one of the gaming industry’s elusive pieces of hardware. In fact, they’re so rare and in high demand that Nintendo has refuted claims that it created a false scarcity by deliberately producing fewer consoles than the market needs. The idea is that with fewer devices on the market, Nintendo can make more titles out of the Switch’s true needs to make it seem more like a desirable commodity than it really is. Nintendo executives were quick to dismiss these claims. However, shortages persisted and was made more difficult by speculators who bought out of stock at retailers and resold consoles elsewhere at exorbitant prices.
While answering questions from shareholders, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that for other future console releases, Nintendo plans to make enough stock for any and all hopeful gamers. get a console. Furukawa did not provide specifics on the exact number of consoles the company plans to offer at any given time, especially at release, when demand is high.
Furukawa went on to say that the company will also decide “whether there are any other possible measures” Nintendo can take to ensure continued availability. This statement, although vague, indicates that Nintendo is planning strategies to avoid the various market demand barriers the company has faced in recent years, such as shortage of Nintendo Switch chips and scaling devices.
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the supply of chips needed to manufacture the Nintendo Switch. The shortfall has resulted in a huge uptick in the console expansion scene. The ramifications of the chip deficit are still being felt as recently as early 2023 when Nintendo reported a 22% drop in Switch sales due to a global semiconductor shortage. Only time will tell whether Nintendo’s plans to have enough supply in hand will affect Nintendo’s plans to scale.