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Report: Amidst Increased Demand, Nintendo to Increase Switch Production to 25 Million


Nintendo is raising its Nintendo Switch production target to 25 million consoles for the ongoing fiscal year, Bloomberg reports. Sources familiar with the matter informed the publication that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to spike demand, and the easing of component shortages has made it possible for Nintendo to increase production.

This past February, Nintendo revealed that the Coronavirus outbreak in China, which is where the company’s Nintendo Switch console is manufactured for the Japanese market, would lead to shortages of the device in that region. A follow-up report confirmed that the component shortages would also spill over to Vietnam, which is where the Switch is assembled for the U.S. and European markets.

Shortages of the Nintendo Switch persisted through April, following which Nintendo increased orders of the device to 22 million units, once the necessary components were more readily available. Given that it has asked production partners to further raise this figure to 25 million units, it would suggest the company expects to outdo its hardware forecast of 19 million Switch consoles for the fiscal year.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.