US – Nintendo Switch hardware shortage returns, suggests analyst

Independent industry analyst,“Benji Sales” has recently taken to Twitter to state that he isn’t quite sure what to expect from the December hardware figures for Switch due to there being an apparent shortage for the flagship model. Benji has reported that the Lite is holding on fine, however.

As revealed by the Tweet, it appears that the situation is only going south, rather than improving. Nintendo has yet to respond to this situation.

The Switch has been a hot item ever since it first launched back in 2017. Like a lot of other Nintendo hardware, the Switch’s early days consisted of stock shortages that had lasted well into the first few months of its lifecycle. After a while, the situation died down as Nintendo ramped up production of Switch units. The company claims that the initial demand was unexpected, hence the shortages. Fast forward to now, and one would think that this problem would simply be a tale of the past, but clearly, that is not the case.

Perhaps Nintendo was once again overwhelmed with the volume of interest. However, if you feel like diving into the very deep rabbit hole that is the ‘Rumor Mill’, then perhaps another scenario can be presented.

Preparing for the Future?

The first half of 2019 consisted of an almost seemingly never-ending stream of rumors surrounding new Switch hardware. As it turned out, the previously rumored “Switch Mini” eventually became the Switch Lite, as we officially know it today. However, there was yet another alleged model—the rumored ‘Switch Pro’. Unlike the Lite, the Pro has been rumored to be a step above the existing flagship Switch in terms of raw hardware power. This would make it a mid-gen upgrade, in the same vein as the New 3DS, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

All of the speculation died down as the year has drawn on, but considering the rumors surrounding the Switch Lite did turn out to be true, it could give credence to the rumors surrounding the alleged Switch Pro. Thus, if Nintendo truly is going through with such a plan, then the newfound shortage of flagship Switch units could indicate that Nintendo is making space for a new Switch Pro. This is all complete speculation, of course. Yet, it does seem to be one of the more reasonable rumors that have cropped up in recent times.

In 2020, the gaming world will be engulfed with the lead up to and release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. These next-gen machines are promising to deliver a noticeably large upgrade over their predecessors of today. That said, Nintendo is no doubt trying to think of a way to not get eclipsed by the arrival of the new consoles. If a a Switch Pro truly is in the works, it could reinvigorate public interest in the Switch platform as a wholeand keep developers engaged. But, again, this really all is just speculation.

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.