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Report: Nintendo is getting ready to ship a ridiculous amount of Switch hardware in 2018

Production could be ramping up

Nintendo Switch - Neon Red/Blue Joy-Cons in Joy-Con Grip next to Dock, all sitting on a wooden background James Bareham/Vox Media

Sales of the Nintendo Switch have been limited by the number of systems that Nintendo has been able to ship to retailers since the console’s launch, but the Wall Street Journal is suggesting that Nintendo could be dramatically increasing production.

“The Kyoto-based company is sketching out a plan to make 25 million to 30 million units of the Switch in its next fiscal year, which begins April 2018, and has begun informing business partners about it, the people said,” the story states. “They said the plan is still in its early stages and Nintendo could aim higher depending on sales during this year’s holiday season.”

Nintendo had already said that it would be increasing expected shipments in this fiscal year as well during its last financial briefing on Oct. 31.

“We have increased our Nintendo Switch shipment projections for this fiscal year from 10 million units to 14 million units,” Nintendo’s Tatsumi Kimishima stated during the question and answer period of the call. “We will be shipping roughly 10 million units during the second half of the fiscal year, meaning we will manufacture more than 10 million units, requiring very large production numbers every month.”

Nintendo is expected to have a very good holiday season in term of hardware sales, with the Switch and the SNES Classic Edition being seen as two of the hottest gifts of the season. Switch sales are likely to drive even more sales of the console’s most popular first-party games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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