So far on track with Wii
The Nintendo Switch released worldwide on March 3rd and has already become the best console launch in Nintendo’s history. After the abysmal sales that the Wii U experienced, a lot of people were skeptical that Nintendo could deliver, and thus far numbers indicate that it has exceeded everyone’s expectations, including Nintendo’s.
Takashi Mochizuki from the Wall Street Journal reports that after a planned production of 8 million units for its first fiscal year ending in March 31st, 2018, Nintendo has doubled the production of the Switch to 16 million units. If Switch is able to sell as many consoles, it would surpass in one fiscal year what the Wii U achieved in more than four years on the market.
So far, Nintendo reported back in December of 2016 that the lifetime sales of the Wii U were sitting at 13.56 million units, their worst ever for any home console, and a sharp decline from the 101+ million units sold for the Wii, its predecessor. It should be noted that during its first six weeks on the market, the Wii U shipped over 3.06 million consoles worldwide, but then shipped less than 400 thousand units over the next three months following the end of 2012.
There are still things that need to be ironed out, like how Nintendo plans to continue the momentum and how fast they can get additional consoles out since it seems that Switch is sold out pretty much everyone. But so far Nintendo has a heavy hitter ready to come out each month until summer, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe scheduled for April, ARMS with a possible May release, and Splatoon 2 looking to be unleashed to the masses in June.
The Switch phenomenon could very well make Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima’s comments that he expects Switch to sell “about as well as Wii” seem modest in comparison.
Source: Wall Street Journal