In its recent quarterly fiscal report, Nintendo announced that though the Switch’s lifetime worldwide shipments currently stand at 92.87 million units, its sales in the first half of the current fiscal year (April-September) fell short of the company’s projections, owing to various factors, including the global semiconductor shortage.
Nintendo also revised its annual sales estimate, lowering it from 25 million to 24 million, and has now given another update on what the immediate future will look like for the console. In a recent press briefing following Nintendo’s quarterly fiscal briefing, president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that the company will be able to produce enough Switch consoles to meet the demand for the upcoming Holiday season.
“We can’t produce enough to meet the demand we are expecting during the upcoming holiday season,” Furukawa said (via Reuters). “Currently there is no sign of improvement and the situation continues to be severe so I can’t say how long it will continue.”
The fact that the global semiconductor shortage – which has impacted the supply and production lines of more than just the Switch, and beyond the gaming industry – has become abundantly apparent in recent months. The likes of AMD, Toshiba, and Foxconn have all stated that the shortage is likely to continue into 2022, while Intel recently claimed that it might even stretch into 2023.