Nintendo Switch Could Outsell Wii U In a Single Year
Despite some early skepticism, the Switch has proven to be a hit for Nintendo and the company has updated its sales targets accordingly. Originally, the Japanese gaming giant intended to sale 10 million units within a year of the console’s launch, but strong sales have led the company to increase that number to 14 million. If it proves capable of hitting that mark, the Switch will have outsold its predecessor within its first year. The troubled Wii U only sold 13.5 million units throughout the course of its five-year lifespan.
Currently, the Switch has sold eight million units so far and demand will likely only increase as we near the holiday season. Of course, demand is only half of the equation and supply is an area that Nintendo has traditionally struggled with. Both versions of its retro consoles, the NES Classic and Super NES Classic, launched to rave reviews and strong sales, but the company couldn’t meet demand. The NES Classic was consistently sold out until Nintendo discontinued the console leaving many fans without one. Sadly, it is starting to look like the Super NES Classic will meet the same fate despite Nintendo’s promise to do better this time.
In terms of the Switch, however, Nintendo likely will do better. Unlike its retro offerings, the Switch isn’t a novelty item, but the driving force behind Nintendo’s current success. The company has already increased production of the console and admitted that it underestimated demand.
“We’ve boosted Switch production to meet strong demand as it was difficult for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores,” Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said at an earnings briefing, adding the firm misjudged demand.”
Part of the Switch’s appeal doubtlessly lies with its impressive hardware, but software is equally important. So far, Nintendo has done a good job of ensuring that the Switch has a steady stream of fun games, but this is an area where the company has struggled. The main issue is that Nintendo has had difficulty enticing third-party developers to work with them, but they are making an effort to correct that problem with the Switch.
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