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Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018

10 November 2017, 11:54 | Justin Tyler

Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018

Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018

Nintendo's Switch console could be a bit easier to find next year.

In a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is planning to increase production of the Nintendo Switch to bring between 25-30 million Switches to retailers through 2018, with the ramped up production to begin in April with the start of Nintendo's new fiscal year.

The Nintendo Switch is a resounding success for the Japanese company, which'd been having trouble in the console market ever since the release of the Wii U. While the Switch struck a lot of people as a gamble with its freaky approach to console and handheld gaming, the machine's portability and strong line-up of first-party games has made the gamble more than pay off.

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said during the company's recent earnings call that they have increased Switch shipment projections for the fiscal year from 10 million units to 14 million units.

If interest persists, it's plausible that the Switch could one day outsell the original Wii, the company's most popular home console to date with more than 100 million units shipped. And depending on how the Switch performs throughout the holiday season, Nintendo could increase that number even further.

If Nintendo can sell upwards of 47 million Switches by March 2019, the system could potentially surpass the Xbox One in market share despite the rival console having hit the market more than three-and-a-half years before the Switch launched last March. That console shipped more than 101.6 million units.

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