Sources within Nintendo’s supply chain have confirmed the movement of production to Southeast Asia, and that the company aims to produce enough consoles to fulfil demand in the US, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Rumours that Nintendo was planning to start the production of two new consoles first emerged back in March. One is thought to be a high-end version of the Switch, while the other is a cheaper model that’s designed with an emphasis on portability. The Wall Street Journal initially reported that Nintendo was planning to announce the consoles at E3, but decided not to do so due to the subsequent hardware failure.
A Nintendo spokesperson declined to comment about the new models to The Wall Street Journal, but said that the Switch is currently manufactured mostly in China, while noting that the company is always exploring options for where to manufacture the console.
Nintendo isn’t the only company shifting its production in light of the US-China trade war. Late last year, GoPro announced its intentions to move its US-bound camera production out of China, and now Google is reportedly doing the same for its Nest products. Foxconn, the iPhone manufacturer company, also told reporters on Tuesday that it has enough production capacity outside of China to be able to handle the manufacturing of all US-bound iPhones should Apple require it.