Since the release of the Switch, Nintendo has been walking quietly on the water, and ‘has recently been allowed to timidly update its console with an OLED model which should allow record sales. This was without counting on a certain global shortage.
Whatever the duration concerned, the transportable console of the Japanese always seems to get away with it: with nearly 90 million Switches sold around the world according to official Nintendo figures stopped on June 30, everything seems to be going for the best in the best of gaming worlds. Now offered in a classic, Lite and OLED version, Nintendo hoped to beat once again the record of its previous fiscal year, by producing (and selling) a whopping 30 million consoles by the end of March 2022, against 28.8 million during the previous financial year.
According to the information of journalist Takashi Mochizuki, the bet is already unattainable for Nintendo, which would have revised its production objectives downwards: the information first published by Nikkei Asia and taken over by the Reuters agency says that “only” 24 million Switch should leave production plants by the end of the current fiscal year, 20% less than the previously posted target.
Unsurprisingly, this downward correction is mainly due to the shortage of semiconductors which has impacted the entire high-tech industry for almost two years, and obviously has hit the video game industry hard. Sony was also expressing its disappointment with the number of PlayStaion 5 distributed no later than last week.
Contacted by Mochizuki, a Nintendo spokesperson would have confirmed this correction in the company’s forecasts, without confirming the new target of 24 million. The manufacturer, who is still known to be very cautious, is currently in the process of “evaluating” the impact of the shortage on its production.
If this figure were to be confirmed, Nintendo would therefore do less well in 2021-2022 than in 2020-2021, a result that will have to be passed on at all costs to shareholders, always quick to hold CEO Shuntaro Furukawa to account. Things should not improve quickly anyway, since the most pessimistic forecasts now suggest a possible recovery to normal for … 2023. From there to imagine that this delay in production and distribution will have a lasting impact on the duration of this generation of consoles, there is only one step, which we will give you the leisure to take or not in the comments below.