Nintendo are no strangers to seeing their hardware in scarce supply, but with the recent successes of their latest console, they plan to remedy any hardware drought by upping production of the Nintendo Switch.
According to sources reported on by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to produce 25-30 million Nintendo Switch consoles during its next fiscal year, April 2018 – March 2019. The Switch is expected to sell 17 million units total in its first year of release, so Nintendo could potentially be doubling their previous production of the Switch.
Nintendo Console Lifetime Sales
Nintendo Switch is expected to have sold 17 million units by April 2018.
- Wii (101.63 million)
- Nintendo 64 (32.93 million)
- GameCube (21.74 million)
- Switch (17 million, first year)
- Wii U (13.56 million)
Nintendo has not yet teased much within next year’s lineup of Switch games; it is unclear if the accelerated Nintendo Switch production is simply optimism from Nintendo, or the company having more major game surprises in store. With the success of Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, LToZ: Breath of the Wild, and other Switch titles on the way, it seems like those thirty million consoles will be flying off shelves fast.