The Nintendo Switch is already a runaway success by just about any metric, but it seems that Nintendo isn’t quite ready to rest on the console’s laurels.
In an interview with Kyoto Shimbun – as translated by wccftech – Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the company expects to sell an additional 20 million Nintendo Switches during the 2018 fiscal year. Kimishima stated that this ambitious projection is based on the fact that the Switch’s sales figures thus far have exceeded all of the company’s expectations.
Still, that 20 million unit estimate is significant for quite a few reasons. First off, the latest round of sales reports indicates that over 10 million Nintendo Switches have been sold thus far. It’s currently believed that Nintendo will sell at least an additional 4 million units before the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year.
While it’s certainly not unheard of for a console to sell more in the years after its release than it did in the year of its release, Nintendo’s ambitious estimate seems to at least be partially based on the fact that many people who wanted a Nintendo Switch during its first year of availability simply weren’t able to find one.
Once Switches became easier to find, gamers from across the globe jumped at the chance to buy one. In fact, it’s been reported that the Nintendo Switch beat the first year sales figures of the PlayStation 2 in Japan.
What really makes this number so amazing, though, is the fact that the Nintendo Switch is already going to blow past the all-time sales figures of the Nintendo Wii U in just a matter of weeks. If Nintendo is able to triple the lifetime sales of their previous console in just two years…well, that’s what they call “growth” in the world of business, sales, and – we presume – charts.
Nintendo currently expects to manufacture 25-30 million Switches during the next fiscal year, so you should be able to get your hands on a Switch soon if you haven’t already.