Lots of cool stuff is made in Malaysia – from solar power semiconductors to Ceriatone amplifiers to this ‘Rockers vs. DJs’ video game to this award-winning whisky… and now, we can add the Nintendo Switch to that list.
As it works to stabilise production and hedge against US-China trade tensions, Nintendo Co. has added Sharp Corp. as an assembler of its Switch console, according to people directly involved in the matter.
The video game giant struggled to produce enough units for this year, especially with the release of hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and stuck-at-home consumers’ demands.
While the coronavirus outbreak did hurt production earlier this year, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said this month that output has returned to normal and the Switch is now made in Malaysia, in addition to production in China and Vietnam, Bloomberg reported.
The Malaysia factory owned by Sharp, said the people involved asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Nintendo’s main assembly partner, Foxconn Technology Co., a key unit of Foxconn Technology Group, owns a stake in Sharp and helped connect the two Japanese companies, they added.
Furukawa said those assembly lines aren’t running at a full capacity just yet and the first batch of products from them are about to hit shelves soon. Switch assemblers also plan to operate at a maximum capacity until the end of the year to fulfil the holiday demands.
So the next time you see someone unboxing their Switch on social media, remember, that might have come from a factory in Malaysia.