Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

New Switch Stock Hits Shelves As Nintendo Doubles Production For 2017

New Switch Stock Hits Shelves As Nintendo Doubles Production For 2017

But it looks like the reception and the hype around the Switch has been so good that Nintendo is doubling their original number, ramping it up to 16 million units this year. Some reports claim that the company managed to sell as many as 1.5 million units of the Switch console in the first week itself. Shares in Nintendo jumped almost three percent in less than an hour in Japanese trading immediately following the WSJ report, to ¥25,580 per share, showing market excitement over Nintendo's increased faith in its hardware business.

The Nintendo NES Classic Edition stock comes and goes in major retailers like eBay and Amazon, but they come in steep premium ranging from $144 to $161 plus shipping.

For the time being, though, anyone looking to buy a new Nintendo Switch in either grey or Neon red/blue will have to struggle to secure one in the mad rush as stock flies off physical and digital shelves.

Nintendo Switch stock is obviously a lot better than the continually out of stock Nintendo NES Classic mini but it's undeniable that available units for the new hybrid console are running very low, not just in the United Kingdom, but across the world.

According to a source close to The Wall Street Journal Nintendo expects to sell upwards of 10 million Switches during the console's first year on the market. An analysis from SuperData now puts it at 1.5 million units worldwide. "This has given Nintendo the confidence to increase production of Switch for the upcoming fiscal year". At the very least, the Switch will out-sell the disappointing Wii U, which sold only 13.5 million units since its 2012 launch.

The news of increased production may come as a shock to some analysts. And with blockbuster titles like Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey still slated to launch this year, demand for Switch will likely only grow stronger.

When the topic of cloud saves was brought up, Fils-Aime said that it would be great to have such a feature on the Nintendo Switch, and that gamers should "stay tuned".

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