Nintendo's plan to make sure everyone can get a Switch in 2018

Nintendo's plan to make sure everyone can get a Switch in 2018

Due to the popularity of the Nintendo Switch console, the gaming company is planning to increase production for the hardware next year. That's more than predecessor Wii U sold in its entire life to date, but apparently even that torrent pace is too slow to meet the kind of future demand Nintendo is expecting. 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. Nowadays, although the Switch is much easier to find, there are still occasional bouts of dried-up supply. It is getting both strong first party and third party support.

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. Last month, Nintendo predicted that total first-year sales for the Switch would hit close to 17 million units.

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According to sources with "direct knowledge" speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to potentially produce a whopping 25 to 30 million units during its next fiscal year (April 2018 through March 2019). To put this into perspective, the Wii U sold 13.5 million units worldwide before it was discontinued. 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. Some analysts predict the Switch could ship more than 115 million in its lifetime.

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