Nintendo to Double Switch Production From 8 to 16 Million

first_img Earlier this week, we reported that the Nintendo Switch has sold approximately 1.5 million units worldwide. According to Nintendo, it is the fastest selling Nintendo system in the Americas and Europe. The handheld/console hybrid is a success. Due to the device’s impressive sales numbers, Nintendo is now planning to ramp up production from 8 million units to 16 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.In that same report, it is stated that Nintendo plans to ship 2.5 million Switch units by the end of March. Originally, the company was only going to ship 2 million this month. There have already been reports of shortages, so shipping half a million more consoles should hopefully help.The Wall Street Journal report doesn’t provide more information on this and Nintendo has yet to make an official announcement on how many Switch consoles it has sold. The sales numbers come to us via SuperData, and not Nintendo directly. You would assume that, given the circumstances, Nintendo would be boasting about how many Switch units it has sold.By upping production from eight to sixteen million consoles, Nintendo is taking a huge risk. After all, its last system, the Wii U, only ever sold 13 million during its entire lifetime. Nintendo must feel very confident about the Switch if it thinks it can sell 16 million consoles. Right now, this seems like an unrealistic sales projection given the lineup of games available on Switch. While the system is slowly getting more titles, none of them are system sellers like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is.Will Nintendo be able to sell 16 million Switch consoles by the end of its fiscal year (March 2018)? It is difficult to say. Though the current crop of Switch titles isn’t exactly impressive, the fall promises to have big titles like Super Mario Odyssey. If Nintendo were to release brand-new Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. games in the next year, then that would certainly help the Switch become an undisputed success. At this point, though, it does appear that Switch won’t suffer the same fate as the Wii U.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img