Nintendo hints at PS5-style inventory shortages for Swap – Purchase now when you nonetheless can | Gaming | Leisure

There is some potentially bad news for Switch customers this year as Nintendo points out a lack of inventory.

Nintendo Switch Consoles were hard to come by during the initial lockdown in 2020 as demand for Animal Crossing’s release hit new heights.

Nintendo also ran into production problems as it became increasingly difficult to source semiconductor materials.

After recovering in time for Christmas, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa admitted future production plans are uncertain.

“Due to the global shortage of semiconductor materials, we cannot make all the products we want,” said Furukawa (via VGC).

“We’re doing everything we can, but there is a growing sense of uncertainty about production schedules. Our profit forecast is based on the assumption that we can secure parts and materials and if the situation changes we want to respond by revising.”

While there’s a good chance things could improve in production, it might be worth backing up a Nintendo Switch console sooner rather than later.

This is especially true if you’re planning on buying one as a gift for an upcoming birthday or Christmas.

The production problems could also affect the release of the rumor Nintendo Switch Pro Console.

Rumors of a new and improved Nintendo Switch have been circulating for some time, although Nintendo has yet to make a specific announcement.

Nintendo’s response to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the Switch Pro, is said to support 4K graphics while offering improved performance.

In handheld mode, the new Nintendo Switch Pro should have a larger display with an improved resolution.

Earlier rumors suggest it will launch in 2021, though it seems unlikely based on recent comments from Nintendo.

The only bad news about the new Nintendo Switch Pro is that it will reportedly have an exclusive game or two.

According to an industry insider who said third-party developers will be particularly keen to take advantage of the new technology.

“There will be some selected exclusive products, especially from third-party providers,” said a Resetera article. “Maybe not a large number of them, but I know at least one.”

Previous Nintendo upgrades did something similar. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Fire Emblem Warriors, for example, were both exclusive to the new Nintendo 3DS.