Well, that’s an unfortunate turn of events.
The Nintendo Switch’s success has taken everyone by surprise, including Nintendo themselves, who now find themselves in the somewhat unenviable position of scrambling to meet the demand by scaling up production for the system. However, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo faces a bit of a roadblock in its attempt to increase manufacturing- competition from manufacturers of other electronic devices, most notably Apple.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson for Toshiba Corp, which is one of the companies that supplies parts for Switch, said, “demand for our NAND flash memory has been overwhelmingly greater than supply, and the situation is likely to stay for the rest of this year.”
The parts in question include the NAND memory (which is the 32GB storage on the Switch), the motors used for HD Rumble (probably because other companies with advanced taptics, including Apple and the Taptic Engine, use them in mobile devices too), and LCD screens- this one is fairly obvious.
Hopefully, Nintendo can resolve these manufacturing roadblocks, and address the shortages plaguing the Switch soon.