Earlier this month we covered reports that the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout China would affect Nintendo Switch shipments to Japan and other Asian markets, due to the majority of components being produced in the region. Production for North America and Europe had mostly shifted to Vietnam in 2019, so the impact wasn’t expected to be felt so soon in the west – though Nintendo stated that it would “remain vigilant” for future developments.
Now, Bloomberg is reporting that the roll-out of Switch units in the west is expected to be bottlenecked by fewer components heading from China to the Switch production factory in Vietnam.
The site goes on to report that this would most likely effect Switch units starting in April, once the current batch of systems has sold through. This likely means the Animal Crossing Switch will be released in mid-March as expected, but expect stock to be harder to come by once April rolls around.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the situation as it develops.