It seems unlikely that Nintendo will release a new console this year, as ongoing supply issues are disrupting production of its current hardware.
After the launch of the Nintendo Switch and its follow-up Nintendo Switch OLED, fans were eager to see an improved version of the console hit shelves. But the prospect of an expected Nintendo Switch Pro launch in the next few months appears slim, as Nintendo continues to grapple with an ongoing global chip shortage.
As described before Nikki (Opens in a new tab) In a new report, the video game giant is struggling to purchase the necessary components and semiconductors needed to manufacture its consoles. “Usually, we stock up in the summer in preparation for the peak year-end sales season,” said Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo Corporation (Google Translate). He added that he was not sure if the company could currently obtain the necessary manufacturing components.
The Nikkei Index indicates that due to the insufficient quantities of switches produced, Nintendo is unlikely to announce any new models by the end of the fiscal year (March 2023). Instead, it will look to do what it can with its existing hardware to reach its strong sales targets.
Not enough semiconductors to get around
Furukawa doesn’t seem overly confident in either aspect of that. He said, “I am not optimistic if I were asked if I could sell them all, even if I could produce the amount I expected.” Don’t expect the Switch Pro to appear anytime soon, and prepare to wait much longer as global semiconductor supply issues continue to disrupt the industry.
Production issues aside, Nintendo may not be in a hurry to replace existing Switch models. according to GamesIndustry.biz (Opens in a new tab)The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling home console Nintendo has ever produced. He will be careful to extract as much value as possible from the hardware, not to shut down the console before its time.
This is disappointing news for any fan desperately looking forward to the upgrade, although there are plenty of upcoming games that the system will be excited about. When the Nintendo Switch Pro or Nintendo Switch 2 finally makes its head back, some fans think it just needs to make a few changes to be great.