Nintendo plans to manufacture between 25-30 million Switch units next year

  • Nintendo plans to manufacture between 25-30 million Switch units next year

Nintendo plans to manufacture between 25-30 million Switch units next year

If Nintendo plans on producing almost 30 million Switches, the company clearly has high expectation for their newest system.

It's no secret among industry insiders that Nintendo single-handedly revolutionized gaming culture in the U.S. After the video game crash of 1983, it was Nintendo's stringent quality control and commitment to understanding the North American market that resurrected home gaming consoles after the decline of Atari.

The Nintendo Switch's success, though, leaves an uncertain future for the handheld lineup of the iconic Japanese powerhouse. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company thinks it can sell upwards of 17 million.

The paper adds that the company may even increase its 25 to 30 million production goal depending on how this year's holiday sales go.

Nintendo is now sitting at around 8 million out of their expected 14 million Switch sales for the current financial year (ending March 2018), but this gap could be closed quickly over the next couple of months since this will be the first Christmas period in which the Switch has been available. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018. Breath of the Wild's sales (of the game's Switch version), meanwhile, have surpassed 4.7 million; and Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 4.4 million copies.

Gamers never really had a solid incentive to buy the Wii-U.

All of which means that if you are planning to pick up a Nintendo Switch for yourself or someone else this Christmas, you should be able to get your hands on one - though better get your orders in early anyway, just to be on the safe side. Here's to hoping that alongside the tens of millions of Switches come a few Classics, too. Whether the scarcity is artificial or genuine, there continues to be a disconnect between the supply and demand of many Nintendo offerings.