Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed during an investor Q&A discussion his vision that households around the world will feel that one Nintendo Switch console isn’t enough. In fact, he believes so strongly in this sentiment that it’s one of the points that drives the company’s endeavors for the Nintendo Switch.
The Q&A came on the heals of Nintendo’s year-end financial report, where Kimishima discussed how the portable nature of the Nintendo Switch makes it a strong candidate for multiple units within a home. Kimishima said:
“Considering that Nintendo Switch is a home console video game system that you can take with you on the go so you can play anytime, anywhere, with anyone, we think there will be households that feel as though one is not really enough. This is another point that drives us to match the scale of Wii's popularity with Nintendo Switch.”
Kimishima doubled down on statements he made earlier about the Nintendo Switch’s potential to match the Wii’s success. For those who may not know, the Wii is one of the best selling consoles in history, with sales over 100 million units.
Considering the Nintendo Switch continues to sell out in hours whenever new units are shipped to retailers, it’s no surprise that Nintendo has a lot of confidence in the future of the console. Plus, with a strong lineup of games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, that demand seems to only be growing.
Analysts originally predicted the Nintendo Switch would sell five million units in 2017, and 40 million units over the course of four years. If those numbers are accurate, then it’s unlikely the Nintendo Switch will be able to even come close to the Wii’s sales. That said, Nintendo has already sold nearly three million units to date, a number which would likely be higher if supply were able to meet early demand.
Now that Nintendo has significantly increased production for the Nintendo Switch, those sales will likely continue strong through the rest of the year and into the holiday season. If Nintendo can maintain strong support for the console and continue releasing highly-rated titles, there’s little doubt the Nintendo Switch will continue to do well, and may even match the expectations and predictions of Kimishima and others.