Nintendo Expects to Ship 50 million Switch Units By April 2019
This is good news for those who do not yet have a Switch, as Nintendo announced that it will increase production of the console by 2018 because they expect demand to grow in the next 2 years.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to manufacture between 25 and 30 million consoles for the next fiscal year, which will end on March 31, 2019. That is, the company will produce 2.5 million units per month, 500,000 more pieces that they currently manufacturing.
If by April 2019 Nintendo distributes 30 million, plus the 17 million units it plans to sell by the end of the current fiscal year, it means the company will have about 50 million Switch consoles on the market.
Going back in time, remember that Wii U distributed 14 million units. For its part, Wii took 3 years to sell 50 million consoles in the market. At this moment it is difficult to assure if Switch could surpass or even the sales of Wii, but it seems that Nintendo is very serious with its current platform.
Keep in mind that hardware sales are driven by exclusive console games. During this 2017, Nintendo has released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and the successful Super Mario Odyssey. By the end of this year, Switch will receive Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Nintendo Switch also has the support of several third-party studios, such as Square Enix, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Rockstar, Koei Tecmo, among others. However, there are other companies such as Activision and Electronic Arts that still have not committed to the platform.