The Big N acknowledges that the canal blockade has caused unit shortages in some countries.
A difficult year is coming for console makers around the world, and not because of a lack of demand among gamers. The global semiconductor shortage paints an uncertain picture for brands like PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo, and in the case of the latter, President Shuntaro Furukawa speaks of a temporary shortage of Nintendo Switch in some regions, right now. But this is not yet due to a lack of components for production. It is due to another specific factor that has affected the distribution itself of the console. And yes, we mean the blockade of the Suez Canal.
The Suez Canal accident has caused delays to EuropeShuntaro FurukawaUnless you live oblivious to all the news, you will remember that last March 23 the Suez Canal was blocked by a freighter that got stranded across the viaduct. A channel through which 10% of world maritime trade circulates, which was closed to traffic for 6 days. And with it, the supply of Nintendo Switch in Europe was harmed. This was recognized by the president of the Great N in the meeting with shareholders after presenting your tax results.
“COVID-19 has caused dips and delays in freighter traffic to markets outside of Japan, and businesses in some regions are experiencing a temporary shortage, “Furukawa said.” Specifically, the accident that blocked the Suez Canal has caused delays in the transport of products to Europe, and the inventory of the stores is scarce in some countries“.
Switch surpasses 84M consoles sold
Beyond Europe and the problems with the Suez Canal, the president of Nintendo notes that “in the United States, sales were solid in March, and supply hardware currently unable to match strong demand“Excessive sales for the console, which in turn have boosted game sales, and led to a record year for the Super Mario company. As we informed you a few weeks ago, Nintendo Switch has more than 84 million consoles sold.
A record above all of Nintendo’s forecasts, even after they have been increased, by selling more than 28 million consoles in the full fiscal year. Not only that, of this figure, 6 million consoles were bought by players who already had a Switch. A taste of the immense demand for the machine, while Nintendo anticipates potential production problems later this year. Hopefully the Big N can avoid them, now that they promise to release a lot of new games this fiscal year.
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