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

Cesar Mills
November 11, 2017

Nintendo consoles can be notoriously hard to find, and the Switch's enormous popularity has made it no exception to this rule.

Hopefully next year it's easier for gamers to buy a Switch.

Due to the popularity of the Nintendo Switch console, the gaming company is planning to increase production for the hardware next year. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018.

Sources familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal that Nintendo aims to churn out as many as 30 million units during the next fiscal year which starts in April.

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Nintendo has reportedly begun informing business partners about these plans.

Nintendo's newest console, the Switch, has been massively popular since its release in March of this year. Combined with sales from its launch month in March, that will bring it to a total of almost 17 million units in its 13 months of availability.

If Nintendo's sales forecasts are accurate, the Switch is about on-track to rival, or exceed, the PS4's sales in its first year - Sony's console sold 18.5 million units in about 13.5 months. Wall Street Journal adds the company may increase these numbers depending on its performance this holiday season. 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 Xbox One, however, lagged behind both debuts: It sold less than 10 million consoles in its first year. Some analysts predict the Switch could ship more than 115 million in its lifetime.

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