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Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018

Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018

"We will be shipping roughly 10 million units during the second half of the fiscal year, meaning we will manufacture more than 10 million units, requiring very large production numbers every month".

Just last month, Nintendo updated its fiscal year 2017-2018 forecast for the Switch to 17 million units sold by March 2018, the console's 13th month on sale. In both Japan and North America, stock for the Switch always sells out.

Nintendo's Switch console could be a bit easier to find next year. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018.

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From the day the Switch launched on March 3rd up through the end of September, Nintendo sold 7.6 million Switch consoles worldwide. Nintendo's popular Switch console should be a hot commodity, and the company has vowed there will be no shortages could stymie shoppers.

According to the report, this plan is "still in the early stages" as Nintendo stated, but the production increase sounds like a promising development given that the system has been in high demand for a good part of the year.

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). The above shows an overlay of sell-through figures together with Wii and Wii U data for the first years after release. Breath of the Wild's sales (of the game's Switch version), meanwhile, have surpassed 4.7 million; and Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 4.4 million copies.


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