"Nintendo seeks to raise output of the Switch video game device this year in response to a jump in demand from homebound consumers, Nikkei has learned.
The Kyoto-based game developer says it expects to produce about 10% more units of the Switch series in 2020, up from around 20 million last year, according to parts suppliers informed of the plans.
The company does not make the device itself, but has asked multiple suppliers and contract assemblers to prepare for additional production in the April-June quarter.
However, the supply chain for the Switch has expanded to China and Southeast Asia. Malaysia and the Philippines have imposed social restrictions that could frustrate part deliveries.
"We'll do what we can to comply with the production increase request," said a representative at a components supplier.
Some parts suppliers apparently have received orders for April-June that are more than 50% larger than originally planned.
That is quite a large jump in orders and production for this year. If last year was 20 million, we are looking at 22 million Switch consoles this year. That would be huge.