Nintendo to double Switch production for 2017 following strong demand

Discussion in 'Switch - Console, Accessories & Hardware' started by Prans, Mar 17, 2017.



    Whether you like the console or not, the Switch is Nintendo's fastest selling hardware. And the console's financial success doesn't seem to stop here.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, "Nintendo Co. has decided to at least double its planned production of the Switch console in the year ending March 2018 owing to strong demand". This means that they'll double production from 8 million units to 16 million! That's a massive increase from 5 million units sale predicted before shipping by analyst SuperData Research. And an even bigger number considering that the ill-fated WiiU sold just 13.5 million units in total.

    These figures seem indeed promising for the Switch, with which Nintendo was adamantly betting on to right the wrongs of the WiiU, as the higher sales, rather than being a short-term money maker, might motivate third-party developers to invest in the system and further attract more consumers.

    The Switch's early sales might not foretell how it will fare in the long run but it is off to a good start.

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    Discussion (89 replies)
  1. SonicCloud

    SonicCloud a crybaby <3.

    Mar 29, 2016
    Good to see Switch is having a lot of success :lol:! I hope it sells more than 3DS!
  2. Enteking

    Enteking Advanced Member

    Jul 10, 2016
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    They also produced too many Wii-U units which lasted for years, and was preventing them from releasing an updated model. After the Zelda fuelled launch, I see no further demand for the Switch for a very long time. People will soon realize that there are no games and the system is sold for twice the production costs. And also the software prices are not competitive which needs to be fixed.
  3. laudern

    laudern GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 14, 2010
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    E.T might have a new best friend in the landfill in a few years time.
  4. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.

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    Great. The Switch is a great console.
    I hope this keeps up to the point it has enough install base to be very appealing to third parties and to Nintendo. I want more games!
  5. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ definitely not Lilith

    Sep 13, 2009
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    I am glad they didn't turn the Switch into the NES Classic
  6. leonmagnus99

    leonmagnus99 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Apr 2, 2013
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    good to know that it seems to be doing well.
    looking forward to what games we will see on it in the future to come.

    i am waiting for MK8Deluxe/Disgaea 5 Complete for the time being.
  7. eriol33

    eriol33 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 2, 2014
    I hope this will stabilize the price. the price in indonesia is about $450. my co-worker has bought it and bragged it to every nerds at the office :P (my manager and I are included)
  8. Abu_Senpai

    Abu_Senpai GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jul 13, 2014
    Cant wait to get my switch next month !! and play zelda

    But in regards to this news. Am i the only one who fears that this console was designed to have a short life span?

    Bear with me here. I really like the switch but it kinda feels like nintendo are trying to ship this console out and quickly start designing their next console/handheld in the background so that they can start the next generation with Sony and MS

    i now nintendo doesnt care about competing but im talking about this from the prespective of Nintendo wanting to start the next gen with its competitors so that their next system can have a longer life

    i personally dont think it would be wise to have a switch or even a switch slim as Nintendos main current gen machine when or if the PS5 or X2 come out.

    Its just what i feel or think on the matter

    Other Opinions are welcome
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  9. Memoir

    Memoir Hi, I'm Cynical!

    Jun 24, 2007
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    Do you have numbers to back up that statement? Seriously, I can't find anything on it and I'm curious.

    Also, the system just came out. To say it has no games is just stupid. Give it a few months, if not the year. Then talk about whether or not it has games. Not even just you, it's the Anti switch brigade that knows nothing. This isn't the vita that had a shallow library for a while.
  10. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    What's that supposed to mean? :unsure: ET failed not only because the game was bad (and it was bad) but also because atari literally created more copies than there were consoles able to play them. So even if you think the switch is the most terrible product ever, the analogy fails on two parts:
    1) nintendo didn't create an abundance of switches until at least there were signs of an actual demand for the thing
    2) the switch isn't dependent on something else that the audience needs to have first (like an atari 2600 for ET) before the need can be met. don't even need a television for this console.

    Granted: "at least double the production" (meaning: they'll produce even more) seems a bit over optimistic. Granted, I was wrong in the initial sales prediction as well*, but just how many people are going to buy Zelda (and a mobile console with it) anyway? :unsure:

    *I can't find the thread again, but I estimated the switch would sell less than 10 million in its entire lifespan. With this start, chances of that happening is very unlikely, so I was wrong on that (which I certainly don't mind :D ).
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  11. flame1234

    flame1234 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 17, 2009
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    Better unload those systems fast, scalpers!
  12. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    the more it sells, the more games will be made for the console
    the more games are made, the more it will sell

    this is the kind of virtuous cycle that the Wii U never had.
    seems like this generation it may actually work out!
  13. Enteking

    Enteking Advanced Member

    Jul 10, 2016
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    This is a rough estimate, backed by many articles about the production costs of Ipads and smartphones.
    This example is a bit older:,2817,2406989,00.asp

    In 2017, the display and the Tegra SoC should both cost less than 50$ per unit and there is not much more inside the switch apart from cheap standard hardware.

    In general, a modern tablet costs between $75 and $150 (high end) to make. Prices for hardware went down since 2012, chipsets, storage and displays got much cheaper since then. You have to add HD-Rumble, the battery, cardreader and the Joycons / dock on top but that should cost less than 20$ combined. So with manufacturing, packaging and shipping, it should cost Nintendo between $125 and 150$ to produce a single Switch, depending on their negotiation skills.

    Maybe some teardown websites will release the exact hardware and prices, but the overall amount should not be much different.
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  14. Reecey

    Reecey Mario 64 (favorite game of all time)

    Mar 7, 2010
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    If they had marketed the wiiu better like they have done with the Switch then that might of done better also maybe of called it a different name other than "WiiU" everyone thought that they where just getting another Wii spin off, which basically what it was, it even looked like an evolution console from the Wii, it sort of molded from the Wii into the WiiU console which was terribly bad!. The Switch has had a lot better turn out this time around and yes I agree it looks promising and yes I would of thought this would incourage 3rd Party developers alongside as long as hackers don't get there sticky fingers into a hack early and leak it and failoverflow team don't go showing a big event on how great there doing exposing the Switch's vulnerabilities, then it might have a good fighting chance.
    Last edited by Reecey, Mar 17, 2017
  15. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti

    Aug 15, 2012
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    Seems like good news for those who couldn't get their hands on it. ^_^
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  16. VinLark

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    Fat chance

    More stock and if it doesn't sell well = it being cheaper sooner.
  17. Memoir

    Memoir Hi, I'm Cynical!

    Jun 24, 2007
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    That's what I'm looking for. However, to guess production costs based on 2012 equivalents is just wrong. We're using newer hardware in comparison. Im gonna dig and see if I can't find a cost on the Nvidia shield TV..
  18. 0100100001001001

    0100100001001001 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 11, 2017
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    I want a large Homebrew demand! :)
  19. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

    Nov 6, 2002
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    The more it sell the better 3rd party supporting it. That's all I care about. That's why I don't bought Wii U due to 3rd party supporting isn't. However, I will get USED Wii U in the future when it is very very cheaper price Since I liked Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros and Zelda thats all. :)