Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

  • Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

Upon release, the Switch was incredibly hard to find - Nintendo seemed to have struck gold with their vision of seamless portable-to-TV transitions.

Hopefully, the console's second year will be just as strong, seeing the release of new titles, both first and third party. Nintendo continues to work toward alleviating that as we head into the holiday season, where it expects to sell a ton of systems, but it reportedly has its sights set much higher in 2018 and beyond.

Quoting sources with direct information of the plans, the Wall Street Journal facts that Nintendo has initiated contributing the plan of extended manufacturing with a partner.

Based on holiday sales numbers in 2017, Nintendo may even look at producing more than 30 million Nintendo Switch units during Fiscal 2018. The Switch now has sold almost eight million units since its launch on March 3rd.

Depending on how sales go this holiday season, Nintendo could aim even higher, the people said.

Nintendo had already said that it would be increasing expected shipments in this fiscal year as well during its last financial briefing on October 31. In a financial results briefing, Nintendo shared that Super Mario: Odyssey sold more than 2 million copies in the three days following its release. The GameCube and the N64 saw more popularity during their prime, with 22 and 33 million consoles sold respectively.

The risk factor comes from the demand that Nintendo has projected.

The Witch, which trades for $299, made its introduction in March to good appraisals and has a benefit in being the only entirely novel console ready for holidays. Here's to hoping that alongside the tens of millions of Switches come a few Classics, too.