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Nintendo to Heavily Increase Switch Production in 2018

11 November 2017

Sources familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal that Nintendo aims to churn out as many as 30 million units during the next fiscal year which starts in April.

If the plan proceeds, the Nintendo Switch supply shortage will be a thing of the past.

"We have increased our Nintendo Switch shipment projections for this fiscal year from 10 million units to 14 million units", Nintendo's Tatsumi Kimishima stated during the question and answer period of the call. The Nintendo Switch released in March, and since then has made an impressive name for itself with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.

Wall Street Journal points out some industry professionals think the Switch could surpass the Wii's sales, which sold over 101 million units and is the company's best-selling product.

The goal was never about beating the Wii U's sales, however, as that is a low bar.

If interest persists, it's plausible that the Switch could one day outsell the original Wii, the company's most popular home console to date with more than 100 million units shipped. In other words, the Switch could beat the Wii U in under a year with a big holiday marketing push, and in all likelihood it'll eclipse it early in 2018. In both Japan and North America, stock for the Switch always sells out.

Hopefully next year it's easier for gamers to buy a Switch.

The company's also increased its expectations for this fiscal year's sales.

Nintendo to Heavily Increase Switch Production in 2018