Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, that number is set to increase exponentially in 2018.

It would appear the Nintendo Switch is a hit, and in fact Nintendo is so confident in the chances of its ongoing success that it's planning to ramp up production of the gaming device next year - perhaps putting out as many as 30 million Switches during 2018. It's been a tad hard to track down the new machine in 2017. The Switch has notably been hard-to-find until recently, but the console has become increasingly available at stores and online - although that could quickly change with the holiday shopping season about to start. The above shows an overlay of sell-through figures together with Wii and Wii U data for the first years after release. 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.

The company has already built nearly 8 million Switches, total, as of its latest earnings report.

Before the console launched, there was a great deal of trepidation. By all accounts, the Switch is going to be expanding in multiple ways. Nintendo continues to work toward alleviating that as we head into the holiday season, where it expects to sell a ton of systems, but it reportedly has its sights set much higher in 2018 and beyond.

Hopefully next year it's easier for gamers to buy a Switch.

Super Smash Bros. promises to be a phenomenon on the Switch and, if the 3DS has truly reached the end of its run, the console could act as a unifier of sorts where we see handheld titles coming to the big screen for the first time.

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