Switch Shortages Could Happen in US and Europe Due to Coronavirus

Switch Shortages Could Happen in US and Europe Due to Coronavirus - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 February 2020 / 1,296 Views

Nintendo recently issues an apology about the delays in the production and shipment of the Nintendo Switch in Japan due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. Nintendo said there wouldn't be shortages in western markets in North America and Europe, however, a report on Bloomberg says the console could see shortages in those markets.

Nintendo’s assembly partner in Vietnam have been affected by the limited production in components in China for the Switch. The report says it is possible shortages could start as soon as April in North America and Europe, due to the shortage of components. This would  be once the current inventory and shipments of console have sold. 

"We do not see any major impact on the shipment to the U.S. currently, but we will remain vigilant and take steps if necessary," said a Nintendo spokesperson. "It’s possible the supply would be affected by the virus if it becomes more widespread and prolonged."


North America accounts for 43 percent of Nintendo's revenue, followed by Europe with 27 percent and Japan with 21 percent. The rest of the world account for nine percent of sales. 

One supplier said the supply versus demand for components were already tight before the coronavirus outbreak. 

The next big release for the Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, will launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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4 Comments

Shadow1980 (on 17 February 2020)

Let's save money and pad our profits by outsourcing all of our manufacturing to an authoritarian regime that has no concern for the safety and well-being of its citizens. What could possibly go wrong?


Cerebralbore101 (on 17 February 2020)

True, but everyone outscources to China now. At this rate you either do it, or you get out competed on price.


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tripenfall (on 18 February 2020)

Buy one now to avoid disappointment!


Radek (on 18 February 2020)

Maybe the big 3 should consider Vietnam or Cambodia for assembling consoles? At the very least, Japan, EU or USA are out of the question for sure.