Nintendo Switch Shortages To Continue Through 2017

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If you haven’t been lucky enough to find a Nintendo Switch in stock yet, don’t expect that luck to get any better this year. Nintendo is still experiencing shortages with the new console as the demand for it has far outweighed the supply so far.

With the release of critically acclaimed games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, along with a new IP in ARMS, and highly hyped-up sequels like Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey on the horizon, there has never been a worse time to have a console shortage.

In April, Nintendo has announced it has begun to double the production of the Switch but that hasn’t resulted in the new hybrid-console appearing more frequently on store shelves. After two months of being the best selling-console, the PS4 took over the top spot again and it’s hard not to think the shortages played a role in this.

Although the Nintendo Switch and Apple’s iPhone aren’t direct competitors with each other, they do compete with one another on a different front: the hardware parts. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple is using the same parts to create its newest iPhone that Nintendo is using to create the Switch. Nintendo is trying to push 20 million consoles this year and will have a hard time reaching that number if this problem keeps up. Nintendo can’t afford to outbid Apple for the parts so it looks like Apple has the monopoly on them for now.

Our best advice is if you’re in the market for a Nintendo Switch, don’t even think twice if you see one in the store, just snatch it up as soon as you can. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have a console right now, count your blessings and enjoy the upcoming games.

Nintendo recently had a strong showing at E3 and even pleased fans with announcement of Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokemon RPG for the Switch.