Nintendo to Heavily Increase Switch Production in 2018

Seeking a Nintendo Switch price drop now is a non-starter

Nintendo's popular Switch console should be a hot commodity, and the company has vowed there will be no shortages could stymie shoppers. 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. If the Switch does keep on its current pace, it could easily surpass the original Wii. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018.

Nintendo is planning to produce between 25 million and 30 million Nintendo Switch units next fiscal year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal citing sources "with direct knowledge of the matter". And depending on how the Switch performs throughout the holiday season, Nintendo could increase that number even further.


Since its launch earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch has steadily grown its audience with over 7.5 million systems shipped, and next year the company might be gearing up for a big push to growing that audience even more. It has been so popular, in fact, that many fans have been having a hard time buying one, since they've been selling out so fast. 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.

If Nintendo's sales forecasts are accurate, the Switch is about on-track to rival, or exceed, the PS4's sales in its first year - Sony's console sold 18.5 million units in about 13.5 months. Some analysts predict the Switch could ship more than 115 million in its lifetime.

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