Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Nintendo to significantly ramp up Switch production in 2018

Nintendo exec Failed Wii U is responsible for Switch's success From Nintendo via CNN Nintendo Switch console
Garry Little | 11 November, 2017, 01:11

In keeping with that mindset, Nintendo wants to make Switch shortages a thing of the past beginning in the next fiscal year.

The increase in stock is mainly because of very high demand.

A new report reveals that Nintendo is planning a significant increase in Switch production for 2018. While Nintendo is doing everything in its power to ship enough consoles for the holiday season, production should pick up in a big way next year. The Nintendo Switch released in March, and since then has made an impressive name for itself with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey. Wall Street Journal adds the company may increase these numbers depending on its performance this holiday season.

From the day the Switch launched on March 3rd up through the end of September, Nintendo sold 7.6 million Switch consoles worldwide.

According to sources with "direct knowledge" speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to potentially produce a whopping 25 to 30 million units during its next fiscal year (April 2018 through March 2019).

If Nintendo's sales forecasts are accurate, the Switch is about on-track to rival, or exceed, the PS4's sales in its first year - Sony's console sold 18.5 million units in about 13.5 months.

And while there's no telling whether or not such a pace would be sustainable for Switch in the long run, the hybrid home/portable hardware would eventually surpass Nintendo's most popular home console, the Wii, if it did continue selling at that pace for its lifetime.

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