Earlier this month, Nintendo confirmed that the 2019 coronavirus outbreak in China would cause production delays for the Nintendo Switch, which has since resulted in shortages within the company’s home country of Japan.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, the limited supply of Chinese components is starting to affect assembly lines in Vietnam, where most US and European Switch consoles are assembled. Once existing supply runs out, this slowdown in production of new units could lead to Switch shortages further down the line.
When asked for comment by Bloomberg, a Nintendo spokesperson said the company is still confident that US stock won’t be affected too badly. That said, they did acknowledge that this could change if the virus continues to spread in the coming months.
“We do not see any major impact on the shipment to the U.S. currently, but we will remain vigilant and take steps if necessary. It’s possible the supply would be affected by the virus if it becomes more widespread and prolonged.”
We will be sure to bring more updates on the situation as they come.
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