Nintendo is experiencing global shortages of its popular Switch and Switch Lite. To alleviate shortages elsewhere, the company is temporarily halting shipments of the system to Japan.
The shortages come as a result of the closure of production facilities in China during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nintendo confirmed the console shortages to CNN Business.
“Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the U.S., but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience,” Nintendo of America said in a statement.
The shortages come as a growing percentage of the world’s population remains under lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Video games have proven to be an outlet for people required to stay home.