Nintendo to Heavily Increase Switch Production in 2018


Nintendo consoles can be notoriously hard to find, and the Switch's enormous popularity has made it no exception to this rule. Nowadays, although the Switch is much easier to find, there are still occasional bouts of dried-up supply.

A new report reveals that Nintendo is planning a significant increase in Switch production for 2018.

This week, people familiar with Nintendo's plans told the Wall Street Journal that the company is hoping to produce and ship between 25 million and 30 millions Switch units in the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2018.

Sales of the Nintendo Switch have been limited by the number of systems that Nintendo has been able to ship to retailers since the console's launch, but the Wall Street Journal is suggesting that Nintendo could be dramatically increasing production.

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. Combined with sales from its launch month in March, that will bring it to a total of almost 17 million units in its 13 months of availability. To put this into perspective, the Wii U sold 13.5 million units worldwide before it was discontinued.

The Switch has found success not only in hardware, but also in software. 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.

The increase in stock is mainly because of very high demand.