Nikkei Asia reported on Tuesday that Nintendo will only be able to produce about 24 million units of the Nintendo Switch, about 20% less than its previously planned production estimate of 30 million units, for the fiscal year ending in March 2022. This number includes the newer Switch OLED model and Switch Lite consoles.
Shortages of semiconductors and other electronic parts, as well as strong demand for the Switch, are the cause of the lower production. A lack of supplies for electronic devices have affected various industries. Sony had also previously stated that the PlayStation 5 has been difficult to keep in stock since launch partly due to shortages in components such as semiconductors.
The Switch’s OLED Model features a bigger 7-inch (18-centimeter) OLED screen, a wider stand that supports more viewing angles than the previous version’s kickstand, a dock with a wired LAN port, 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio. The new model is available in white and neon red/neon blue colors. The original Switch model has a smaller 6.2-inch (16-centimeter) display, and the Switch Lite model has a 5.5-inch (14-centimeter) display.
The hybrid home and handheld console debuted on March 3, 2017. As of June 30, Nintendo has moved a total of 89.04 million Switch units worldwide, surpassing the Nintendo 3DS and Game Boy Advance’s lifetime numbers. The Switch is the company’s fourth best-selling console behind the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, and Game Boy.