Ok, ok, I admit the title would make more sense if the Nintendo He had not basically interrupted his operations on Brazilian lands, as he had wistfully two and a half years ago. Still, will you live in another country, or will you be looking for a drive from the latest hit from the world of video games, the Switch, in the online parallel market (better known as Free Market), to no avail.
The fact is, Switch stocks are not meeting frighteningly high demand for the new console. Nintendo itself admits this and promises to give a gas in the production of the hybrid to put it in the hand of as many of the vivid consumers as possible. But, as the Wall street journal (closed to subscribers), the Japanese giant may have a very unlikely shoe stone in this mission: Apple.
Apparently, the biggest culprits for this tangle would be some key parts of just about any modern electronic device: NAND flash memory, LCD screens, and the three-component vibrating motors used in both Apple iPhones and other Nintendo Switch products. According to the article, Ma (and, to a lesser extent, other smartphone makers) would be significantly increasing its orders for these parts, which would be undermining Nintendo's plan to manufacture 20 million Switch units by March 2018.
Take as an example the Toshiba, provider of NAND flash memory components for both Apple and Nintendo. The division responsible for the manufacture of these parts is bad for the legs and is for sale, but for now, continues to operate normally; The factory, however, cannot meet the demand demanded by Apple and other mobile device manufacturers. According to a company spokeswoman, the situation is likely to remain so throughout 2017, putting Nintendo in an uncomfortable position.
The big problem here that the Big n, even though it ranks among the world's largest technology companies, cannot compete with Apple in terms of order volume and, according to several Ma supply chain analysts, Tim Cook and his class offer “better terms” to suppliers than the company of Super Mario. In other words, imagine Apple as an open mouth at the end of a treadmill from which all manufactured electronics come out, swallowing everything that comes out leaving nothing for Nintendo.
The situation, however, should not affect the unlikely friendship established between the two companies over the last few years. Nintendo continues to plan to release versions of its games for iOS devices, and Apple will certainly be happy to welcome executives from the Japanese giant on the stages of its keynotes to boast of how the iPhone is growing as a gaming platform with most respected developers in the world.
I just hope they don't fight backstage.
via Cult of Mac