The Switch is about to enter its seventh year on the market, which is usually around the time a console’s development is in the middle of winding down. A successor has usually been announced, and there’s only a handful of big titles left before the next console comes along. But the Switch, like it has in so many ways before, defies convention – and Nintendo is actually planning to increase production of the console for the upcoming fiscal year.
No precise target has been given, but Nintendo is confident in the Switch’s sustained demand, even as analysts predict that sales will diminish. The company believes the main thing slowing down console sales has been supply issues, while the analysts believe that recent supply bumps for the holidays didn’t help that much and that speculation about the next console will drive down demand. But with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on the way, it seems the company is banking on that game and others bringing in numbers.
If the Nintendo Switch does match or exceed 2022’s sales in 2023, that would put them close to 150 million units sold, the territory of the PlayStation 2 and DS in all-time sales. We’ll have to see if it can meet those lofty heights.
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