With an astonishing 103.54 million units soldit, the Switch has grown to 100 million units faster than any other console in history.
While consumer demand for the Switch remains high, Nintendo expects to sell 20 million units this year, which is 10% down from its FY 2021 sales, and a massive 30% down from the previous year, when sales reached 28.83 million units. And it''s all the reason for the constant scarcity of hardware manufacturers: the chip shortage.
Nintendo is no stranger to this type of thing. Nikkei Asia claims that Nintendo planned to produce 30 million Switch consoles in FY 2021, but the reason for the shortage of components had reduced the prediction to 23 million last fall.
In December, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa warned that the Nintendo Switch devices might soon face the same availability challenges as many other consumer electronics companies. That was before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Covid lockdowns in China, which have exacerbated worldwide logistical and production concerns.
Amazon shows only four Nintendo Switch consoles in stock, but no OLED models. If the reports are accurate, Nintendo enthusiasts might want to purchase a Switch sooner rather than later.