KEY POINTS

 

Nintendo Switch units are still in short supply everywhere, whether online or in physical stores. In contrast, Nintendo Switch lite stocks have been constantly re-supplying. The shutdown of production hubs and issues in the global supply chain have been cited as major reasons.

According to Gamespot, Nintendo Switch stocks have been unable to keep up with demand because of the shutdown of assembly plants. This led to the depletion of an already lean supply because the supply chain is closed.

Daniel Ahmad, a Niko Partners senior analyst who’s been monitoring the situation, said that supply lines will struggle and “won’t return to normal” until the end of the second quarter of the year. As for the Nintendo Switch Lite stocks, they’ve been re-stocking, but demand also tends to overwhelm available supplies; there are also people who prefer the Switch, which has a dock that can be connected to a TV, over the Switch Lite.

Even with that limitation, the Switch Lite has also been in high demand due to the shortage of Switch units. CNET reported that aside from the demand, resellers using bots and the popularity of the game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” also contributed to the shortage in supply.

The Switch Lite has been making its way back slowly to store shelves. Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Target have been restocking their shelves with the portable console. Most supplies from the stores have been priced at a standard $200 MSRP, but third-party resellers always price these Nintendo units significantly higher than those found in these outlets.

The Switch has been a constant companion to those who are stuck at home looking past times. People have been trying to find something to help them stay active while sheltering in place, and the Switch has been a great help, specifically its Ring Fit Adventure game, which features activities and games meant to help people get some exercise to keep their selves healthy.

The US International Trade Commission announced an investigation in Nintendo's hugely popular Switch devices over alleged patent infringement The US International Trade Commission announced an investigation in Nintendo's hugely popular Switch devices over alleged patent infringement Photo: AFP / Behrouz MEHRI