The global shortage of chips is affecting the entire technology market, from mobile phones and video game consoles, to graphics cards, to the motor world. Manufacturing is highly centralized, and a problem in some regions, such as Taiwan, affects the entire manufacturing chain.
Now it is the turn of Nintendo, a company that sold almost 4 million Switch consoles between July and September, much less than the same period last year, which reached almost 7 million, already adding 92.87 million Switch consoles to the date.
The fact is that both COVID-19 and the global shortage of semiconductors is affecting the forecasts, in a way that has adjusted it by 1.5 million units.
Before Nintendo expected to sell 25.5 million consoles between April 2021 and March 2022, now it has dropped to 24 million, but without altering its revenue expectations (in fact it aims to have 4% more revenue than it had said before ). Profits are taken into account by calculating exchange rates, and software sales, so it is not random.
Nintendo is likely to exceed sales of the Wii this quarter, Nintendo’s most popular home console of all time (it sold 101.63 million units in total). It’s hard to compare the Wii to the Switch, as they are different targets (a handheld vs a PlayStation or Wii-type console), but still, they are surprising numbers.
For the holiday season, many sales of the Metroid Dread and Mario Party Superstars games are expected, as well as remakes such as Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The Advance Wars remake will only arrive in 2022.