Report: Nintendo Switch shortages expected due to Coronavirus

US and EU to be affected.

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The Nintendo Switch could experience a shortage as early as April due to the Coronavirus outbreak affecting production lines in China, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Nintendo itself admitted at the end of January that Switch production had been impacted by the virus, with many pre-orders in Japan being canceled.

The impact could now spread to Europe and America, however, and with the launch of a new Animal Crossing game next month, the lack of the consoles could potentially hit sales of the game, as well as head Nintendo’s financial reports, according to Reuters.

Specifically, in Japan, the outbreak has affected the Animal Crossing special edition consoles in Japan. The Outer Worlds Switch release also saw a delay because of the virus.

A Nintendo spokesperson told Bloomberg News that the company did not
“not see any major impact on the shipment to the U.S. currently, but we will remain vigilant and take steps if necessary.”

For now, if you plan to get a Nintendo Switch ahead of the Summer rush, we advise people to get one now, as there is no telling when we could see stock return to stores in the future.

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