For the upcoming fiscal year, Nintendo plans to ramp up production of its Switch console after overcoming previous shortages in its components.
Nintendo to Boost Production of Switch
According to Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to increase the production of its popular handheld gaming console, the Switch, for the upcoming fiscal year, starting in March. The company has informed its suppliers and assembly partners about the production increase; however, it has not specified the exact number of units it plans to produce.
The decision to increase production comes after Nintendo decreased its Switch sales forecast for the current year to 19 million units (2 million less than its May projection of 21 million units) due to supply chain issues.
However, the company is now confident in its ability to produce more units and meet the demand. This change in outlook is a positive one compared to the company’s first-quarter earnings release in August, which reported declining system and software sales.
The planned production increase is also fueled by the success of the 2022 holiday season, during which the Switch outsold its competitors, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, according to some data.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Sold 10 Million Copies In Just 3 Days
The successful launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, which sold 10 million copies within three days, further highlights the high demand for the Switch.
Upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4 to Rev Up Interest in Switch
The release of the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in May and Pikmin 4 is expected to stir up even more interest in the aging handheld device, as well as encourage players with older launch hardware to replace it due to wear and tear overtime. Even the OLED screen of the Switch is still highly praised by industry insiders and gamers alike for its quality, despite not being 4K.
A final word
Overall, the Switch has already surpassed the lifetime sales of Nintendo’s Wii console, which had a total of 101 million units sold, with a strong game lineup including Switch Sports and Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
With the planned production increase and the upcoming releases, the future of the Switch truly looks bright.