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Report: Nintendo to Shrink Size of Switch Packaging to Improve Supply

Report: Nintendo to Shrink Size of Switch Packaging to Improve Supply - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2022 / 2,371 Views

Nintendo is reportedly planning to shrink the size of the Nintendo Switch packaging by 20 percent in August as a way to improve supply, according to a report from Nikkei.

The smaller packaging will improve supply of the Switch worldwide as it will make shipping more efficient.

"Nintendo will reduce the outer box of its flagship game console 'Nintendo Switch' by 20% from production in August," reads a translation of the Nikkei report. "The aim is to increase the amount of supply to the world by improving transportation efficiency."

Report: Nintendo to Shrink Size of Switch Packaging to Boost Supply

Nintendo for the quarter ending June 30, 2022 shipped 3.43 million Switch units to bring the lifetime shipment figure to 111.08 million units.

The gaming company at the time did not change its forecast as it looks to ship 21.0 million Switch units for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. If Nintendo hits its forecast the Switch will ship 128.65 million units by March 2023.

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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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ShadowLink93 (on 18 August 2022)

Nintendo is thinking "outside the box" by shrinking the "box" lol.

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Jumpin (on 18 August 2022)

I don’t think they should do this.
They’ll alienate all the guys who only buy big boxes to compensate :)

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sethnintendo Jumpin (on 21 August 2022)

Small guy big truck... I mean box.

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gtotheunit91 (on 18 August 2022)

Less is more!

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JackHandy gtotheunit91 (on 19 August 2022)

Love is blind!

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Leynos JackHandy (on 19 August 2022)

Silent but deadly!

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padib Leynos (on 20 August 2022)

I love gooooooooooold!

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Slownenberg (on 18 August 2022)

I guess that means the shipping supply lines are more of a constraint for them than chip supply issues. Makes sense to do this then. Also makes them a bit more profit - more systems per shipping cost.

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V-r0cK (on 18 August 2022)

Being green is better and saves you green too :)

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sethnintendo (on 21 August 2022)

Just ship them in bubble wrap with duct tape.

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VMCJonCarter (on 19 August 2022)

That I never thought to take notice of it

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Leynos (on 19 August 2022)

Remove the box and put it all in a rubber band.

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SuperRetroTurbo (on 22 August 2022)


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jlauro (on 20 August 2022)

20% reduction does increase how many you can fit in the same space by 25%. If a store could fit 20 on a shelf, then they should be able to fit 25 now. Does allow for more stockpiling during the Christmas season in warehouses and store shelves, build up a little more inventory, etc...

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Jumpinbeans (on 19 August 2022)

Reducing the size of the box will do zero to reduce the time taken to build a console. Sure it might allow them to put more in a container but if your production numbers remain the same then the numbers going out will be unchanged. It'll only benefit Nintendo in their shipping costs.

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KLAMarine (on 18 August 2022)

This will increase supply. To increase demand, they should reduce price.

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ShadowLink93 KLAMarine (on 18 August 2022)

This news suggest that supply is less of a problem than transportation.

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mjk45 ShadowLink93 (on 20 August 2022)

Container shortages has been a major problem for the last couple of years , and have reached the point where companies are strengthening their shipping logistics by paying extra for two way container shipping delivery, to get the containers delivered straight back to them empty .
But a global system where the import /export cycle of these containers helps ensure a near continuous flow of goods means that while in the short term it may seem ok sooner or later we all pay for it with increased prices bought on by companies paying for empty containers along with the impact of this in further shrinking container availability.

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JWeinCom KLAMarine (on 18 August 2022)

Demand doesn't seem to be enough of an issue that they would want to sacrifice profit.

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Slownenberg KLAMarine (on 18 August 2022)

5.5 years in and Switch is still by far the hottest thing in gaming. No reason for price cut until that changes. Next year a price cut would be appropriate, as sales continue to gradually slow down. But clearly this decision to reduce size and get more systems shipping shows that supply is their main issue right now, not demand.

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Ashadelo (on 18 August 2022)

they can shrink store shelf size too if they had a price drop

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