The Nintendo Switch has certainly been having a prolific inaugural year with hit titles like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Mario Odyssey taking full advantage of the portable system. The future for the Switch is looking equally as bright, with games like Metroid Prime 4, a new Pokemon title, and a presumed Smash Bros sequel in the console’s future – which is exactly why Nintendo is poised to massively ramp up production for its portable console.
The company expects to sell an impressive 14 million units during the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. Sources close to the Wall Street Journal have anonymously stated that Nintendo is now ramping up its Switch production for the next fiscal year, with expectations that Nintendo will produce 25 to 30 million units between April 2018 to March 2019. Reportedly, the Japanese multinational company may also increase these numbers depending on the upcoming holiday sales figures.
The company expects to sell an impressive 14 million units during the current fiscal year, which ends at the conclusion of March 2018. If the good sales figures continue throughout the holiday season, it won’t be too long before the Switch tops the lifetime sales of the Wii U, which attained 13.56 million sales at last count. Nintendo expects that the Switch will surpass those numbers before the end of the fiscal year, at which point production will increase even further.
If Nintendo manages to sell the bulk of the units it intends to produce for the next fiscal year, the Nintendo Switch could surpass the N64, which sold 32.93 million units in its lifetime. The shelf life of the Switch will be firmly tested if it ever aims to unseat the Nintendo Wii, however, which sold a staggering 101.63 million units during its long production run.
Nintendo has always had a tenuous relationship with supply and demand, and gamers don’t need long memories to recall the issues with both the SNES and NES Classic. However, it looks like Switch shortages will be a thing of the past as the new fiscal year takes hold.
Source: Wall Street Journal