Nintendo Switch Shipments Have Been Halted Until May
Nintendo Switch shipments have been halted until May 7th and with our new way of life amid the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be more difficult than we thought, especially if you’re a gamer who requires variety in order to successfully pass the time. As an avid gamer going on day 30 of quarantining, I’m keeping busy playing games on my PS4, Xbox One X, Steam and Nintendo Switch! Yes, I can see how overkill this is, but when you’re born with ADHD and you’re stuck at home, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the almighty universe that I was able to purchase these machines when I did. In reality though, you can get away with a high-octane console and Nintendo Switch, but… What if you don’t have a Switch?
Production Delays Since Early February
Well sports fans, we have a slight problem with accessing Nintendo Switches because there aren’t any switches to be had. In fact, we first received word of retailers selling out of inventory back in mid-March and as of three days ago, Nintendo Switch shipments were set on pause until May 7th. That’s nearly a month away! Why?
Nintendo Headquarters located in Kyoto, Japan has their consoles made in China and Vietnam, and as per the explanation they gave CNN Business this past Friday, they’ve already been dealing with production delays since early February due to the Covid-19 breakout in China. And this was all before the release of Animal Crossing March 20th! But that’s not it…
Now that China’s getting back on their feet, it’s no longer a question of whether they’ll get back to the business of building Switches for Nintendo, it’s whether Nintendo wants them to. Last month, Japan’s Switch sales surged 240% due to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizon, but now in April, those numbers don’t look the same, so Nintendo may be thinking, “What’s The Rush”? Building Switches costs money and right now, due mostly to Social Distancing, there aren’t that many people working, which also means no money and without that, there’s really no reason for Nintendo to be spending more in order to keep inventory on something most can’t afford.
Supply and Demand Gouging…
As a result of this lack of production (hence supply), the demand from a collective few who can afford to purchase the console have some stores upping the price on the bit of inventory they did have. For instance, the “Animal Crossing: New Horizon Nintendo Switch Edition” was going for about $800 a pop at a very well-known trusted retailer! Now you can see the same special edition Switch console going for about $700 on Ebay.