Nintendo to Drastically Increase Switch Production

Nintendo exec Failed Wii U is responsible for Switch's success

While Wii and Wii U were released during the holiday season, it's important to note that the Nintendo Switch launch was timed completely differently, in March.

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said during the company's recent earnings call that they have increased Switch shipment projections for the fiscal year from 10 million units to 14 million units.

The anonymous sources also added that Nintendo has updated its games industry partners about these plans, presumably to entice third-party developers and publishers to bring more games to its console and ship more units of those games going forward.

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. The company believes it will ship another 9.1 million units by March 2018, which would put the total sales at 17 million within a year of launch.

Nintendo had already said that it would be increasing expected shipments in this fiscal year as well during its last financial briefing on October 31. Nomura Securities analyst Junko Yamamura, the outlet says, predicts the console will sell "115.8 million units by March 2023". "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". If the Switch does keep on its current pace, it could easily surpass the original Wii.

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