Nintendo Struggles to Meet Switch Demand

Nintendo’s latest results show that as of the end of March it had shipped 2.74 million Switch consoles, which is above the analyst’s estimates of 2.3 to 2.5 million and Nintendo’s estimate of 2 million (Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3 for $300 / €300). The figure is not far off the 3.2 million the Wii shipped in its first month.

Nintendo now has plans for another 10 million units to be shipped in the next 12 months, which would almost bring it to the entire lifetime sales of the Wii U, which stands at 13.6 million.

In terms of software, 5.46 million games have been shipped so far, 2.76 million of which were “Zelda: Breath Of The Wild”, which is more than the number of consoles sold and is believed to be due to people buying the collector’s edition as well as the regular version. For Switch games, Nintendo’s goal is to ship 35 million in the next 12 months.

Nintendo is still struggling to meet demand and has announced that it is to increase production. Analysts believe the real test is the long term as it is not powerful enough to deliver 4K or HDR like the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Switch sells for $399 in the US.

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