Nintendo hopes to produce 25-30 million Switch units for fiscal 2018


However, Nintendo's apparent willingness to increase the availability of Switch consoles makes the supply shortfalls of the NES and SNES Classics particularly confusing. Nintendo is not slowing down as more great games will be out in 2018.

The Nintendo Switch is a resounding success for the Japanese company, which'd been having trouble in the console market ever since the release of the Wii U. While the Switch struck a lot of people as a gamble with its weird approach to console and handheld gaming, the machine's portability and strong line-up of first-party games has made the gamble more than pay off.

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Nintendo has reportedly begun informing business partners about these plans. Wall Street Journal adds the company may increase these numbers depending on its performance this holiday season. If Nintendo manages to do so, it will have shipped 50 million units by April 2019, which is an impressive feat, considering one of the company's most successful home consoles, the Wii, shipped 50 million units in three years. Over a seven-month period, Nintendo sold 7.63 million systems and plans to sell 9.1 million more by the console's one-year anniversary. Last month, Nintendo predicted that total first-year sales for the Switch would hit close to 17 million units. The console is performing way better than the Wii U. The Xbox One, however, lagged behind both debuts: It sold less than 10 million consoles in its first year. Breath of the Wild's sales (of the game's Switch version), meanwhile, have surpassed 4.7 million; and Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 4.4 million copies.