Nintendo has already acknowledged the impact that COVID-19 has had on their efforts to restock Nintendo Switch shortages that retailers are suffering around the world.
“First, we would like to talk about the impact on parts procurement, production, and shipments. It appears that delays in production and shipping are gradually recovering,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa had warned at the company’s recent financial results briefing.
“However, we may be affected if there continue to be issues involving the procurement of necessary components. In addition, if the impact of COVID-19 is prolonged or worsens further, it may disrupt the product supply.”
In addition to this, Bloomberg has reported that the specific issue that the company has faced is securing essential components needed to manufacture the portable home console.
This has been due to the government-imposed lockdowns in Malaysia and the Philippines, responsible for the printed circuit boards (PCBs) and the passive components that attach to these.
Even though the lockdown restrictions have been eased, there have been some delays to employees returning to work as they have needed to be tested for Coronavirus before being allowed to do so.