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Nintendo warns that Switch consoles are about to get even harder to find

It's already difficult to grab a Switch for its list price, and it probably won't get any easier soon.

Published onMay 6, 2021

What comes with Nintendo Switch Box
  • In an earnings call, Nintendo warns that the global chip shortage could make it even trickier to buy a Nintendo Switch.
  • Even after over four years on the shelves, the Switch is still tricky to get at its list price.
  • It should be noted that Nintendo is a bit famous for under-projecting its forecasts. But it’s still likely to be difficult to grab a Switch for the rest of 2021.

The ongoing global chip shortage is wreaking havoc on multiple industries. Although there are many reasons why you can’t find the brand new Sony PlayStation 5 or Microsoft Xbox X/S, the chip shortage is one of them.

However, even before the chip shortage began, it was also difficult to buy a Nintendo Switch, even though the console first launched in March 2017. Unfortunately, Nintendo itself posits that the chip shortage is only going to make finding a Switch more difficult for the rest of 2021.

In its most recent earnings call (via ArsTechnica), Nintendo said hardware production “might be affected by obstacles to the procurement of parts, including the increase in global demand for semiconductor components.”

Related: The best upcoming Nintendo Switch games

Now, Nintendo has a reputation for under-promising and over-delivering when it comes to forecasts. For example, on this same call, the company reported sales of 28.8 million Switch consoles during its previous fiscal year. That’s a staggering number for a four-year-old product.

However, if you have plans to buy a Nintendo Switch sometime soon — and don’t want to pay a huge premium over the list price — you might want to start searching ASAP. Our buyer’s guide has plenty of info to help with that, but you should also always keep an eye on Amazon’s stock.

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