Nintendo Is About To Go Crazy With Switch Production, 25-30 Million Coming In 2018

Forbes writes: "According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is ramping up production of the Switch to a frankly astonishing degree in 2018. Apparently Nintendo is planning to produce between 25-30 million Switches next year, chasing after the grand total of the 100+ million units the Wii sold over its lifetime."

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Moonman342d ago (Edited 342d ago )

Hopefully it's true, that means mad games are coming!!!! :) A little off topic, but I think Retro is working on a sequel to Donkey Kong 64. I wonder what else they could be working on if not. Maybe a new IP? I also think Metroid Prime 4 will arrive in 2018 because it's already on pre-order.

DeadSilence342d ago

The new big thing is here, glad Sony is getting some competition sales wise.

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yellowgerbil342d ago

Well it is good that production is increasing I think they are taking a bit TOO far. I would say best case with infinite supply they would sell 15-20 mil in 2018 (I don't expect a price drop till 2019 at earliest, or if like the WIIU ever...)
So if they sell 20 million but produce 30 million, at 200$ cost per system that is 2billion dollars that they are throwing away for the year that would be better used making more games.

Moonman342d ago

It simply depends on which software titles are coming. I expect major third party support in 2018. Nintendo could be preparing Pokemon or something huge like that in 2018. Never underestimate the power of Pokemon. lol

The 10th Rider341d ago

I mean, they do still have Pokemon planned for 2018. If they've got a 2D Mario, Mario Party, or Animal crossing that would give the console a great boost too.

yellowgerbil341d ago

yeah, but 30 million in a year. Even the ps2, the best selling console at 150mil sold, never accomplished that.
hell Xbox hasn't even had a 20 million year before. I just don't see any possible way for them to sell 30 million in a year. With that said I love the Switch and hope it the best, its a ton of fun to play and got me back on board Nintendo which hasn't been really on my radar since the NES days (owned a gamecube and wii but both didn't really get much play from me)

The 10th Rider341d ago (Edited 341d ago )


Well, production is different from sales. It's possible that they're only expecting to sell 20-25 million but by producing 25-30 million they're able to bring the production costs down.

Also handhelds sell differently since people are far more likely to buy more than one per household. The DS managed to sell almost 30 million a year for three years straight (2007, 2008, and 2009). I agree it's unlikely but it's certainly not impossible nor unprecedented. Yes the DS was cheaper, but when accounting for inflation it was around $200. I'd also say that people today are far more receptive to spending more money on electronic devices, such as tablets, phones, computers, and even video game devices.

NotoriousWhiz341d ago

I know I plan on buying a 2nd switch (for my wife) once they have some color options. Eventually, I will get my son one as well. He's a bit young now at 3, but maybe when he turns 5 or 6.

Benjaminkno340d ago

They’re going to enter the Chinese market as well.

The U.S. won’t see half that production in 1 year. It’s going to be a worldwide total.

davand114340d ago

They are currently also expanding into other markets in Asia like China, Taiwan, and Korea. They will most likely need all the units they could manufacture and it won't hurt to have some consoles ready just in case the rush for Pokemon is huge.

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