Nintendo Switch console production to go down by 20% this fiscal year due to chip shortages

Two Nintendo Switch consoles
Two Nintendo Switch consoles (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo's fiscal years start on March 1 and end on April 30 of the following year.
  • This fiscal year, Nintendo can only produce 24 million consoles, which is 20% less than expected.
  • Semiconductor chip shortages are cited as the source for the reduction in production.

If you're looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch this Black Friday or Christmas, you may have some issues finding stock, according to a report from Nikkei. Semiconductor chip shortages have been affecting media and the gaming industry since the onset of the global pandemic, and while Nintendo has generally managed to keep Switch consoles in stock, this fiscal year may pose a problem.

Nintendo's fiscal year runs from March 1 to April 30 of the following year, so these issues will permeate into 2022. For anyone thinking of getting a Nintendo Switch for a loved one this holiday season, stores near you may have low stock. Nintendo admitted that they would only be able to produce 24 million consoles this fiscal year, which is 20% less than the 30 million consoles originally planned. There's no information on whether these shortages will affect the original Switch or the new OLED model more, but consumers should expect to see less stock for both.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.