Pre-order status are good
With Nintendo’s Earning Meeting happening today, and tomorrow hosting their Corporate Strategy Meeting in Japan, more information is received about the Nintendo Switch and its status when it comes to pre-orders and expected sales.
Takashi Mochizuki, reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a regular contributor of Nintendo articles has been Tweeting information about the meeting.
Nintendo originally planned to ship 2 million units by the end of March, which sounded like a good number to have when it was originally believed that the release date of the Switch would be on March 17th. Since the Switch Presentation, the date was revealed to be on March 3rd, and pre-orders have been sold out everywhere, making that 2 million number small. The Wall Street Journal estimates that Nintendo should ship between 2.5 to 3 million units for the month of March.
Kimishima suggests that people who have already pre-ordered the Switch should be confident in having their order fulfilled. And if production is able to be increased, then more Switch units should be available at stores on launch day.
The downside to this could be a decrease or pause in production of the NES Classic Edition and 3DS systems, who have already been sold out since the Holidays, so they can use those assembly lines to produce more Switch units.