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Photo: Taner Muhlis Karaguzel (Shutterstock) Despite approaching five years in the gaming marketplace, the Nintendo Switch remains in hot demand. The three models—the original design, the Switch Lite, and the OLED Switch—are selling off shelves, the latter of which appears sold out all the time. However, if you want any one of them for Christmas, you should really start cracking down on finding one. Today. Chip shortages mean fewer Switches for the holidays In case you weren’t aware, the world is currently experiencing a semiconductor shortage . This pinch on the chip market is affecting just about every industry that uses computers in its products. You might have heard about countless unfinished cars sitting idle, waiting for available chips to power their computer systems, for example. This shortage has not spared the video game industry, either. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed Thursday that semiconductor chip shortages have put a strain on the company’s ability to produce new Switch consoles. Nintendo previously estimated it could ship 25.5 million units, but that number has dropped to 24 million, a 6% dip. As it stands, there will likely be about 1.5 million fewer Switches on the market this holiday season than previously anticipated. If you thought finding one to gift to your child, friend, or even yourself would be difficult, just imagine competing with over a million extra Switch-less customers. Yikes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a Christmas miracle happening here, either. Nintendo’s president went on to say that […]