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Posted: November 10, 2017

Nintendo to significantly increase Switch production in 2018


By Jordan Dollar

fanbuzz.com

Nintendo’s newest console has enjoyed high popularity and financial success since its launch earlier this year, with the only problem being it’s lack of real availability. The Switch’s rare presence among retailers in those early months is by now infamous among those fans who struggled to obtain one. It came to the point that Nintendo was, for a time, selling more copies of Breath of the Wild than the actual console required to play it, and while the studio eventually promised to increase production for the holidays, it’s now clear that Nintendo is taking no chances of repeating history.

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According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is planning to further increase manufacturing of the Switch next year. Starting in April 2018, when the studio’s next fiscal year begins, 25-30 million Switch units will begin production. That said, the plan is still subject to change “depending on sales during this year’s holiday season,” which, as we already know, has seen an increased production of about 10 million.

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima was quoted as stating, “We have increased our Nintendo Switch shipment projections for this fiscal year from 10 million units to 14 million units. We will be shipping roughly 10 million units during the second half of the fiscal year, meaning we will manufacture more than 10 million units, requiring very large production numbers every month.”

This news heralds the arrival of numerous third-party games to the Nintendo Switch due in the coming months. In addition to the recent launch of the extremely highly-rated Super Mario Odyssey , Bethesda’s DOOM remake will have arrived on the console today, while L.A. Noire , Rocket League , Skyrim , and Resident Evil: Revelations are due later this month.


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