Nintendo to increase Switch production throughout the next year
It has been reported that Nintendo will ramp up the production of Switch consoles in preparation for a suspected spike in sales.
- According to Bloomberg's sources, production of all Nintendo Switch models will be increased during the fiscal year ending in 2024. The company's unexpected move is thought to be an attempt to endure the expected spike in sales from the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in May 2023.
- Despite a global shortage of parts, the Nintendo Switch set the record for the most unit sales in the United States in 2022, beating out both Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S/X. The lower price point of the console in comparison to its competitors, combined with a new mainline Pokemon and Splatoon game, undoubtedly aided unit sales during the current economic downturn.
- With Breath of the Wild, the previous Zelda title, ranking as the Switch's fourth best-selling game, Nintendo appears to be confident that it can replicate its success. Despite leaks that a limited edition OLED console will be available, some argue that Breath of the Wild's ability to drive system sales is due to the fact that it was a launch title, with the majority of those who may be seeking to purchase the sequel already owning a Switch.
Other notable Nintendo Switch news:
- Aside from a new Zelda game, Nintendo's first-party lineup for 2023 appears to be stacked. With a long-awaited fourth entry in the Pikmin series, tactical RPG Fire Emblem Engage, and a remake of the Wii's Kirby: Return to Dreamland, the legendary gaming giant is likely to put up some impressive numbers. A short and simple list from Digital Trends highlighting the biggest releases coming to the platform this year can be found here.
- This month, Nintendo sent out an email to fans about 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey. The email reads, "There may be more out there to be discovered," leaving fans speculating if Nintendo is hinting at a brand new entry to the franchise. To support this theory, people have also pointed out that, in 2021, Nintendo sent out a survey gauging interest in a new entry in the WarioWare franchise. Later in the year, during E3, WarioWare: Get It Together was announced, so a similar situation could very well be unfolding.
- According to the Japanese publication Nikkei, Nintendo is in "negotiations with suppliers" for its Nintendo Switch successor, which could hit the market by mid-2024. The article is brief and does not reveal its sources, so it appears that we will have to wait a little longer for more information on the next generation of consoles.