Nin­ten­do has been strug­gling to meet demand for Nin­ten­do Switch­es part­ly due to the Suez Canal sit­u­a­tion ear­li­er this year. If you’re not aware of what this is, a ship got stuck in one of the world’s busiest and most impor­tant ship­ping chan­nels. Nin­ten­do also said that COVID-19 has played a fac­tor in the shortage.

Shuntaro Furukawa, Nin­ten­do’s pres­i­dent, said in an Eng­lish trans­lat­ed ver­sion of a recent investor Q&A that “demand remains strong over­all” for the Switch world­wide. How­ev­er, the com­pa­ny has strug­gled with this because of the fac­tors men­tioned above.

COVID-19 has caused declines and delays in freight traf­fic in mar­kets out­side of Japan, and retail­ers in some regions are expe­ri­enc­ing tem­po­rary short­ages. In par­tic­u­lar, the acci­dent that blocked the Suez Canal caused delays in the trans­porta­tion of prod­ucts bound for Europe, and retail inven­to­ries are tight in some coun­tries,” he said.

Furukawa added that Switch sales in the US were “strong” in March, not­ing that Nin­ten­do has been unable to keep up with demand. This led to short­ages, which some believe will con­tin­ue well into the next year.

While Nin­ten­do is strug­gling to trans­port the con­soles they can make, the com­pa­ny is still fac­ing the same issue the rest of the indus­try is–global short­ages of semiconductors.

Demand for hard­ware con­tin­ues to exceed our expec­ta­tions even after the begin­ning of this cal­en­dar year, and pro­duc­tion has cur­rent­ly not caught up to this high demand due to the tight sup­ply and demand sit­u­a­tion for semi­con­duc­tor mate­ri­als world­wide,” Furukawa said.

Although we are cur­rent­ly striv­ing to pro­duce as many units as pos­si­ble, the fact is that our pro­duc­tion plans are more uncer­tain than they were at the begin­ning of pre­vi­ous fis­cal years,” he added. “Our full-year sales plan is based on the premise that we can secure the mate­ri­als nec­es­sary for pro­duc­tion, but if we are able to pro­duce more units, we will work hard to meet the strong demand, and to be able to ship and sell those units.”

Despite these prob­lems, the Nin­ten­do Switch is doing extreme­ly well. The sys­tem has already sur­passed 80 mil­lion sold units as of March 31st, putting it above the Wii and PS4 over sim­i­lar peri­ods in their own lifecycles.