Nintendo Wants To Ship Nearly 50 Million Switch Systems By April 2019

Nintendo Switch Production Reportedly Increased To 25-30 Million

Nintendo To Increase Switch Production; Planning To Ship 50 Million Units By April 2019

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

Demand for Nintendo Switch remains high, but supply shortages have proven to be a problem since launch. That's more than predecessor Wii U sold in its entire life to date, but apparently even that torrent pace is too slow to meet the kind of future demand Nintendo is expecting. According to sources with "direct knowledge" speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to potentially produce a whopping 25 to 30 million units during its next fiscal year (April 2018 through March 2019).

If Nintendo sells through the majority of that second year production, it would put the console's sales ahead of the 30.2 million PS4 units sold within the first two years of its release.

PlayStation 4, meanwhile, would remain the market leader by a healthy margin. It now looks like holiday season sales for Nintendo Switch (Amazon, $299.99) could catch up to the Wii figures. Nomura Securities analyst Junko Yamamura, the outlet says, predicts the console will sell "115.8 million units by March 2023".

While we already knew the company planned to increase its production when the fiscal year starts next April, the degree it plans to boost production is a lot higher than originally expected. Nintendo sold just over 100 million Wiis over the console's lifetime.

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