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Chip supply chain shortage for Nintendo & Microsoft


Nintendo has announced that it hopes to sell 24 million units this financial year – a drop from its initial estimate, 25.5 million units, owing to a change in Nintendo’s production plan, which has been impacted by a worldwide semiconductor shortage.

Nintendo is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, and was founded in 1889, initially as a gaming card manufacturer, with a revenue of $16bn.

Nintendo is not alone. At Arm, an AI computing company, there is up to a 60 week wait for chip supplies.”If you haven’t bought all your devices yet, you might be disappointed”, said Simon Segars, chief executive of Arm.

For Microsoft, it’s feared that the shortage will last well into 2022. “I think regretfully it’s going to be with us for months and months, definitely through the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year”, said Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft.

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