Nintendo has begun to produce two new variants of switch consoles, at least some of which are manufactured outside of China and avoid new tariffs on US imports. The Wall Street Journal reported that sources within Nintendo's supply chain have confirmed production shifts to Southeast Asia and are aiming to produce enough consoles to meet demand in the United States.
Reports for two new consoles first appeared in March. One is considered the high-end version of the switch while the other is a more affordable model designed with portability in mind. The Wall Street Journal means that a new console is coming soon. WSJ originally planned to release the console on Nintendo's E3, but the hardware did not show up in the Nintendo Direct presentation since then.
Nintendo is moving some production of switch consoles outside of China with two new consoles, suggesting that these three models coexist for a while.
A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment on the new model for this news. The Wall Street Journal But the switch is said to be mainly produced in China now. They said Nintendo is always looking for an option to manufacture the console.
The Japanese video game tycoon is only the latest in a series of companies known to move production in China in light of the US – China trade war. At the end of last year, GoPro announced its intention to withdraw its US camera production from China, and Google is currently taking the same action for its Nest products. Foxconn yesterday said that Foxconn has production capacity outside of China that could handle all US iPhone manufacturing if Apple required it.