Nintendo Switch stock shortages have hit the console hard since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The original Nintendo Switch console has been extremely hard to come by in recent months, and new shipments have tended to sell out almost instantly.
The same is true of innovative fitness game Ring Fit Adventure, which has been selling for inflated prices on sites like eBay.
Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch stock shortages appear to have come to an end, as manufacturing returns to pre-lockdown levels.
The news was announced by Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa (via Gamingbolt): “We could not manufacture [Switch] as planned until May but production has been largely recovering from June. We expect it to normalise around summer.”
While it’s reassuring to see hardware and software stock levels return to normal for the time being, Furukawa warns that new issues are possible in the future.
Asked about the potential impact on upcoming software, Furukawa said: “Currently, we do not see any impact on software set to go on sale this year, but there is a possibility that we cannot sell it as scheduled in the event of a second or third [coronavirus] wave.”
Furukawa may have been talking about upcoming software, but a second outbreak would almost certainly cause additional Nintendo Switch console shortages.
If you’re thinking of buying a Switch as a Christmas present later this year, then this is one gift that might be worth buying early.
After a slow start to the year, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the best ever for Nintendo Switch owners.
We’ve already been treated to a new Animal Crossing game and Pokemon expansion, plus a new entry in the Paper Mario series is out soon.
There’s also a good chance we’ll see the Breath of the Wild sequel launch later this year, not to mention the rumoured 3D Mario bundle.
Electronic Arts is also jumping on board the Nintendo Switch bandwagon.
The company has announced plans to bring seven games to the Switch, including Burnout Paradise Remastered, Lost in Random, Apex Legends and FIFA 21.
Recent rumours also suggest that Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will come to Switch, alongside Plants vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville and an unannounced indie game.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is one of the best games in the series, earning a mighty 89% score on Metacritic.
It’s not all good news, however, as it was recent confirmed that the Switch port of FIFA 21 wouldn’t have all the same features and upgrades of the PS4 and Xbox One versions.