Nintendo suspended shipments of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles to Japan last week, but the company announced that it will resume shipments this week.
Here’s the Japanese announcement tweet from Nintendo:
[お知らせ]Nintendo Switch・Nintendo Switch Lite本体は今週およびその後も出荷する予定です。また、「あつまれ どうぶつの森 本体セット」は、4月下旬頃の出荷を予定しています。多くはECサイトや販売店において、オンラインで販売される予定です。くわしくは各販売店にご確認ください。
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) April 14, 2020
According to the tweet from Nintendo, shipments for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles will resume this week in Japan. Furthermore, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition set will also ship out around the end of April in Japan. It’ll be available for purchase across various online shops and retailers.
Last week, Nintendo suspended domestic shipments of the Nintendo Switch due to a production delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak at its production plants in China and Vietnam. Switch sales have seen a meteoric rise since the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has sold 2.6 million units in Japan alone in its first 10 days. The demand for the Nintendo Switch console has also increased thanks to the growth of in-home gaming during the quarantine.
Nintendo has sold around 52.48 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2019. The console sold over 10 million units in the last quarter, enough to push the company’s previous sales forecast of 18 million to 19.5 million for the fiscal year.