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Nintendo to Increase Switch Production

Nintendo to Increase Switch Production

This graph shows post-release Nintendo Switch sellthrough trends for the North American market. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018. However, Nintendo's apparent willingness to increase the availability of Switch consoles makes the supply shortfalls of the NES and SNES Classics particularly confusing.

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. If the Switch does keep on its current pace, it could easily surpass the original Wii.

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.

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. Although Microsoft has long since stopped reporting Xbox One sales numbers, the company is believed to have sold somewhere around 30 million units to date.

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. Nomura Securities analyst Junko Yamamura, the outlet says, predicts the console will sell "115.8 million units by March 2023".

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