Reports Suggest a Surge in Nintendo Switch Production in 2021

Published 05/02/2021, 3:01 PM EDT


There have been talks going around about the launch of an improved version of the Nintendo Switch console. The community has been calling this the Nintendo Switch Pro, although it does not have an official name yet. There has not been any official statement from the company as well, but the rumors seem to be standing on pretty solid ground. Recently, it has been revealed that the company will be stepping up its inventory of Switch consoles this fiscal year.

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According to the reports by the Japanese publication, The Nikkei, this fiscal year, which ends on the 31st of March 2022, will see the highest production level yet of the Switch consoles. Reports suggest that Nintendo is planning to increase Switch production to 30 million units. As of the 31st of December, last year, the company shipped over 80 million units of this console. With the upcoming boost in production, Switch stands to be one of the best-selling home consoles from the house of Nintendo.

Now, this comes as really good news for the fans. But they have not yet forgotten the state of the Nintendo Joy-Con. Joy-Con drift, a persistent issue with the Nintendo Switch controllers, has been one of the infamous issues the industry has ever seen. If the upcoming batch of consoles features this issue, it will soon turn into a disappointing situation.

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However, Nintendo itself has not commented on this report as of now

The report on The Nikkei says:

“Several officials admitted to us that they are considering expanding production. The company is also expected to add a higher-end model with higher image quality, and this will be the first additional model of the Switch since the Nintendo Switch Lite, which was released in September 2019 and made it more portable.”

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Although, a spokesperson for Nintendo commented: “There is nothing we can tell you about production numbers and higher-end models.”

However, there is a problem. There is a global shortage of semiconductors that will surely get in the way of production. This issue has been plaguing the electronics industry for a while now. In an earlier interview with The Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said:

“We have been able to secure the necessary materials for the immediate production of semiconductors for switches… However, in Japan and other countries, demand has been very strong since the beginning of the year, and there is a possibility of shortages at some retailers in the future.”

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It may be possible that the company is commencing the production of a huge number of consoles in anticipation of the improved version. According to the rumors going around, the ‘Switch Pro’ will feature the DLSS technology from Nvidia. Furthermore, according to a report by Bloomberg, the console will probably also feature a new 7-inch Samsung OLED screen.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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