If the Switch does keep on its current pace, it could easily surpass the original Wii.
A new report reveals that Nintendo is planning a significant increase in Switch production for 2018. It is getting both strong first party and third party support. And truth be told, the question of stock issues tends to hang over Nintendo products, given the continued difficulty of obtaining items like the NES and SNES Classics, as well as amiibos. While Nintendo is doing everything in its power to ship enough consoles for the holiday season, production should pick up in a big way next year. Over a seven-month period, Nintendo sold 7.63 million systems and plans to sell 9.1 million more by the console's one-year anniversary. Late last month during an earning's call, Nintendo said it believed it could sell 14 million units this year. It's impressive considering many expected the Switch to struggle in a market with more powerful consoles from Microsoft and Sony and smartphones that have dominated the mobile gaming landscape.
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Well, today the Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo intends to produce 25-30 million Switch units in its next fiscal year, which will commence in April 2018. The above shows an overlay of sell-through figures together with Wii and Wii U data for the first years after release.
The Switch has found success not only in hardware, but also in software. Nintendo's popular Switch console should be a hot commodity, and the company has vowed there will be no shortages could stymie shoppers. Some analysts predict the Switch could ship more than 115 million in its lifetime.