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Nintendo Adds Sharp as Assembler of Popular Switch Console

  • Sharp’s Malaysia site helps Nintendo diversify supply chain
  • Production plans suggest strong Switch sales in fourth quarter
Nintendo has been diversifying its supply chain since before the Covid-19 era.

Nintendo has been diversifying its supply chain since before the Covid-19 era.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Nintendo Co. has added Sharp Corp. as an assembler of its Switch console, according to people directly involved in the matter, as it works to stabilize production and hedge against U.S.-China trade tensions.

The video game giant has struggled to produce enough units for most of this year as the hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and stuck-at-home consumers fueled demand. While the coronavirus outbreak hurt production early on, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said this month that output has returned to normal and the Switch is now made in Malaysia, in addition to existing China and Vietnam locations.