Nintendo Blames Chipset Shortage for Huge Drop on Switch Sales Target

Following its release over 4 years ago (my how time flies!), the Switch has undoubtedly represented huge success for Nintendo. And arguably just when they needed it the most after the overall flop that was the Wii U. One of Nintendo’s biggest success stories over the last year, however, has undoubtedly been seen in the fact that while you have often not been able to get PS5 or Xbox Series X for love nor money (well, lot of money can help!), their console has, by and large, always been out there to buy.

Following a report via the BBC, however, it seems that Nintendo is expecting a less than stellar Q4 this yea as the company has just dropped its Switch sales prediction for 2021 by 1.5 million units!

Nintendo Drops Switch Sales Prediction!

Nintendo had originally predicted for this year that they would see around 25.5 million Switch consoles sold. A figure that, while not quite as high as the 28.8 million they actually achieved in 2020, would still clearly see their system doing exceptionally well with consumers. – It seems, however, that even Nintendo isn’t immune to the global chipset shortage.

While the House of Mario has largely been able to somewhat skirt this issue over the last year, it seems that their supply for Q4 2021 is notably lower than they had hoped. It is, in fact, so bad that they’ve felt compelled to adjust their sales target down by 1.5 million.

What Do We Think?

Getting a PS5 or Xbox Series X this Christmas still represents a pretty huge issue for consumers As such, I daresay that Nintendo was hoping that their Switch console, and particularly the newly revised OLED model, would manage to snag a few ‘better this than nothing’ alternative sales. – With them so hugely altering their sales prediction, however, this would seem to suggest that Switch consoles are going to be in exceptionally short supply over the coming months.

If you are, therefore, hoping to grab one as a Christmas gift, you might want to act quickly (and yesterday perhaps might not be soon enough) because judging by this news, their stock levels are going to start drying up really quickly!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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