Good news if you are having trouble locating a Nintendo Switch at a reasonable price (which is basically every gamer who didn’t pre-order): Nintendo is planning on doubling production of the console for the year, according to report by the Wall Street Journal.
The report suggests Nintendo is ramping up production from an initial 8 million, all the way up to 16 million. That means the Switch will almost certainly out-sell the Wii U, which only sold about 13.5 million units over the course of four years. Meanwhile, the immensely successful original Wii sold 17 million units in the first full year after its holiday launch. Basically, things are looking good for Nintendo – and it hasn’t even gone through a holiday yet.
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Of course, its success will depend heavily on its game line-up. Once everyone is done with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which, trust us, will take a long time) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 should help pave the way for the Switch’s multiplayer games, and a slew of indie titles will whet appetites as well. Then Super Mario Odyssey is due by the end of the year, which could provide a major holiday sales boost. And we may even get a few surprises at this years E3 too.
One things for sure, Nintendo seems to be moving past the Wii U’s lackluster success. Now if only it could fix that left Joy-Con issue….
Via Ars Technica