Tech News: Nintendo to boost Switch production.
According to Nikkei Asia, Nintendo is increasing its production of Nintendo Switch consoles to 30 million units this fiscal year. According to Nikkei sources, Nintendo has reached out to multiple suppliers to speed up production, which has been difficult due to the global shortage of semiconductors, which has also affected the supply of PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
In February, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said the company had secured an adequate supply of components, but that didn’t mean Switch production wouldn’t be affected in the future.
“We have also experienced higher than expected demand this year, and there is a possibility that there will be a shortage of some products, especially in Japan,” Furukawa said. This production goal is a highlight for the hybrid device, as Nintendo hopes to take full advantage of the demand created during Covid-19, as more people have started playing while staying at home.
If Nintendo were able to sell the 30 million copies it produces this year, it would mean the Switch will overtake the Wii as the best-selling Nintendo console of all time. Nintendo Switch sold around 80 million copies at the end of 2020; the Wii reached 110 million copies in its lifetime.