On January 21, Nintendo mentions a chance that it plans to boost the production of the Switch console output this year, its popular video game console, in response to high demand. This may help address the shortage of the console that has been reported in recent months.
According to Bloomberg, Nintendo is raising Switch manufacturing for the upcoming fiscal year after overcoming previous component shortages that forced it to lower projections. Nintendo intends to raise production of the Switch for the upcoming fiscal year beginning in March. The announcement comes ahead of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which will be released in May, and coincides with the company’s first major release of 2023, Fire Emblem Engage.
Although the firm has not specified a goal for the upcoming year, it has assured the suppliers that production will rise in April compared to the same month last year. Despite being six years old, demand for this console has not decreased, and the company’s decision to reduce manufacturing last year led to some supply issues. This is one of the major reasons why Nintendo mentioned its chance to boost the production of the Switch console output for the upcoming fiscal year.
The change was necessary because there had been problems securing parts, particularly chips, for the Nintendo Switch, but the company now thinks those challenges have been addressed. However, the Switch’s problems have been more related to the console’s restricted supply than to declining demand. According to sources, Nintendo may change these plans to raise Switch production if demand declines.
The Switch will be sold close to 150 million units if Nintendo hits its 19 million goals for the current fiscal year and sells much more in the next. The Nintendo DS came in barely ahead of the PlayStation 2 with 154 million units sold, making it the only home system to ever reach this milestone. The Switch is already one of the top five best-selling consoles of all time. Given the Switch’s age and the fact that Nintendo is already in talks with possible manufacturers about beginning production of the console’s replacement, we’ll have to wait and see how the firm responds to the growing demand for the gadget. Although we are unsure of Nintendo’s specific release date, we do know that it won’t be until 2024. Keeping this in mind Nintendo’s recent launch of Metroid Prime Remastered doesn’t seem like a surprise.
We can only hope that more Switch units will be made available. And as we wonder, like with Pokemon Scarlet, we might even get a special edition Switch for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Source: Bloomberg Twitter