According to Nikkei Asia, Nintendo is increasing production of Nintendo Switch consoles to 30 million units this fiscal year. According to Nikkei’s sources, Nintendo has approached several suppliers to speed up production. This was difficult due to the global semiconductor shortage that also affected the delivery of PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
In February, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said the company had secured an adequate supply of components. However, this does not mean that switch production will not be affected in the future.
“We’ve also seen higher-than-expected demand this year, and there is a possibility that certain products, particularly in Japan, may be scarce,” said Furukawa. This production goal is a highlight for the hybrid device as Nintendo wants to take full advantage of the demand for Covid-19 as more and more people started playing at home.
If Nintendo is able to sell the 30 million copies it produces this year, it would mean the Switch overtakes the Wii as Nintendo’s best-selling console of all time. The Nintendo Switch had sold around 80 million copies by the end of 2020. The Wii reached 110 million copies in its lifetime.