Nintendo’s Switch has sold more than 52 million units in just over three years. At the moment, You have to pay double as usual to own one

On Amazon, the only available option is resellers charging nearly double the standard $300 price tag. The digital storefronts of Target, GameStop, Best Buy, and Walmart are simply out of stock with no refresh date in sight. So it’s difficult to buy a Nintendo’s Switch now.

Nintendo plans to produce 22 million Switch devices to supply the shortages
Nintendo confirmed as much in a statement last week: “Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

But the situation won’t last forever — the company is expected to replenish supplies by June — and when the Switch returns to shelves, it’s expected to return in greater numbers than ever before. Nintendo now plans to make 22 million Switch units this year, which is 20% increase from previous projections, according to Nikkei.

Noticeably, a Nintendo representative speaking to Nikkei said the company “can’t forecast exactly how many Switches can be supplied” due to potential parts sourcing issues, but the representative did confirm a requested production increase.

Nintendo plans to produce 22 million Switch devices to supply the shortages
Nintendo’s Switch console was already popular before the coronavirus pandemic, but Nintendo had been handily keeping up with demand.

Up until March, you could buy a Nintendo’s Switch easily with its standard price. But as the coronavirus pandemic spread in the US, and retailers closed across the country starting in March, supplies of the Switch became just as rare as toilet paper at the supermarket.

Supplies of the system were already reduced by the shutdown of manufacturing in China during February, when “there were no consoles produced,” Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad told Business Insider earlier this month. About 90% of Nintendo’s Switch consoles made for the US come from China, he said.

Though production has largely resumed, Nintendo is still playing catch up from the pause in production — thus, there are no consoles available to buy at the moment.

According to Ahmad, the supply situation could improve by late May or, more likely, June.

“We think that by May, and especially June — the end of Q2 — things will be back to normal with supply,” he said. “And that’s because right now, production is ramping up. So we’ll start to see the effects of that come late May, June — certainly by the end of Q2.”

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