Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018
Nov 10 2017 by Michele Stevens
That's because the Japanese gaming giant is now working on a plan to significantly increase production of the system.
Nintendo has reportedly begun informing business partners about these plans. Right now, the Switch is sitting on roughly 7.5 million units sold in eight months worldwide - that's based off a number at the start of October, so it's likely higher, and Nintendo is waiting for holiday/Black Friday sales to give us another figure.
The Switch launched in March to a warm reception thanks in part to at least one hit title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Switch now has sold almost eight million units since its launch on March 3rd. The recent launch of Super Mario Odyssey will certainly help Nintendo's efforts heading into the holiday season.
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Nintendo is planning to produce between 25 million and 30 million Nintendo Switch units next fiscal year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal citing sources "with direct knowledge of the matter". That console shipped more than 101.6 million units. Late last month during an earning's call, Nintendo said it believed it could sell 14 million units this year.
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.