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Looking for a Nintendo Switch? You might be in luck pretty soon

Nintendo plans to ramp up production of the Nintendo Switch console.

In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a Nintendo sign is seen at the company’s official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
A Nintendo sign is seen at the company’s official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Nintendo will be ramping up production of its Switch console in the near future after high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a nationwide shortage.

What’s happening:

Nintendo has asked its partners to create 30 million extra consoles for 2020 — which is a lot higher than the original targets of 19 million and 22 million, according to Bloomberg.

  • Production jumped to about 25 million earlier this year. But the console is still hard to find.

In fact, as Engadget reports, the Switch and Switch Lite have been selling at high prices on Amazon and eBay due to the lack of availability in stories.

  • “A lot of that has been driven by the popularity of Animal Crossing and other recent games, as folks are stuck at home and starving for entertainment,” Eurogamer reports.

A new model on the way?

As I wrote about for Deseret.com, Nintendo will likely release an upgraded model of the Switch next year to compete with the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.

  • The system would likely have computing power and 4K graphics. It would also come with an upgraded lineup of games to compete with the more heavy-duty consoles.

A new version of the Nintendo Switch would be the first upgrade to the model since March 2017, The Verge reports.