The Corona crisis unfortunately did not leave the production of the Nintendo Switch without a trace. In China in particular, this had to be restricted considerably, as some factories were completely closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. A percentage of the console is also produced in Vietnam, among others, but the switch is mainly manufactured in China.
In a meeting on June 26, 2020, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced that production would resume at full capacity in the second half of the year, so that inventories should return to normal in the summer.
In the first half of 2020, the reduced production of the Nintendo Switch made the console harder to get around the world, especially in Nintendo’s native Japan.
Since Nintendo was initially concentrating on supplying other countries with its successful console, stocks in Japan were so scarce that department stores even organized lotteries there to sell the coveted console. This happened most recently when the Switch first appeared. But not only the consoles themselves sold out quickly, but also popular accessories such as the ring from the game Ring Fit Adventure.
After half a year, however, the production facilities are recovering and Nintendo could reach the sales forecast for this year of 19.5 million.