Many Nintendo products, such as the recently released New Nintendo 3DS and Amiibo, have been nearly impossible to find on store shelves. Most people have been blaming Nintendo themselves for the absence of products in North America, but the problem may not actually lie with them. Over the past few months, there has been a major port strike along the west coast of North America that is affecting approximately 70% of goods coming from Asia.
Almost all Nintendo products, from the Amiibo to 3DS hardware, are manufactured and delivered from China and then brought straight to the West Coast, as it’s the shortest route. Most of the ports along the coast are either extremely congested or entirely shut down.
Although Nintendo hasn’t officially commented on the situation, Kotaku reports that they have heard from others that the strike has in fact affected their product availability in the west.