May 30th, 2017

The Nintendo Switch has been sold out ever since it launched a few months ago. Nintendo has increased production of the console twice, but according to a new report, the company is limited by parts availability at the moment.

That’s because some of the crucial parts needed for the Switch are also used by other tech companies like Apple, whom Nintendo is now battling to get those parts.

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, who says that Apple right now has an advantage, since it’s a larger company and can offer more money for the parts and place larger orders.

“Analysts say rivals for the sought-after parts can often offer better terms than Nintendo. Makers of data-center servers tend to use newer and higher-margin components, while smartphone makers issue larger orders than Nintendo.”

WSJ’s sources also say that Nintendo has told suppliers that it plans to manufacture 20 million Switch units this year. That’s double the amount they officially gave shareholders last month (and they said that even that might be too difficult to achieve).

The Nintendo Switch sold over 2.7 million units during its first month, making it the fastest selling Nintendo console ever.

Via Wall Street Journal (sub required)

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