Nintendo has made a serious comeback this year with the release of their popular Nintendo Switch. Not only has the console breathed new life into the company after the disastrous performance of the Wii U, but the Switch is quickly breaking records sales records as well. The Switch sold 2.74 million units in its first month, going above and beyond Nintendo’s expectations of 2 million, and Nintendo has already responded to the rapid sales of the Switch by increasing the number they manufacture.
Now, according to an article by GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that he believes the Switch can reach the same level of sales as the Wii, which was able to sell more than 100 million units.
Part of the reason Nintendo believes the Switch can match these numbers is that some households might buy more than one. Given that the home console doubles as a handheld system, its possible that some families might purchase two, so more than one child can play at the same time.
At a recent financial Q&A session, Kimishima had this to say:
The truth is we want to raise the installed base of Nintendo Switch up to the same level as Wii. As we mentioned during our presentation, Nintendo Switch in America had the fastest start of any Nintendo hardware, despite launching in March.
Nintendo plans to ship 10 million more Switch units sometime this year. Kimishima didn’t give any specifics, but said Nintendo is working to raise production to match that number and “handle the season of high demand.”
Given that the Wii was one of the best-selling consoles of all time, it would be an amazing achievement if the Switch could come anywhere close to those numbers. So far, though, it seems Nintendo is on track to have that achievement in the bag.