The Nintendo Switch has been an important topic of conversation over the last few weeks. First, some of the chatter was due to the system being the No.1 console in the US, UK, and Japan in 2022 regarding raw unit sales. The second reason was that fans are looking forward to some of the Switch games in 2023, with a heavy hitter launching today on the platform. But the final reason that people are talking about the Switch a lot is its uncertain future. Many wonder when Nintendo will “wind down” the system and prepare for a new system launch.
There have already been many predictions along this front. For example, one prediction said that the upcoming Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom would be the “last big title” for the Nintendo Switch. Another prediction said that the Switch would likely have its successor launch in the back half of 2024 at the earliest. So as you can see, people are throwing out predictions left and right, which makes this new piece of news so interesting.
Bloomberg reports that Nintendo will ramp up Switch production in the upcoming fiscal period. Nintendo has allegedly told those who help make the systems to expect a bigger console order.
If you recall, Nintendo has had to scale back the Switch production schedule due to the semiconductor shortage that rocked the world. However, things might be slowly turning on that front, and that might be why they’re asking for more:
Another thing noted in the article is that Nintendo can tell there’s still high demand for their console. Based on the projected numbers, the Switch sold over 20 million units in the fiscal year that’s yet to finish, which is over the 19 million they had set as their revised goal.
Given the large number of software titles you can play on the system, it’s not surprising that some are still buying the Switch, and 2023 could add to that with some of the games announced.
All this could also point to Nintendo not giving up on the Switch as quickly as some have predicted. As the memes love to note, the Switch “prints money,” so why would you abandon such a thing when you can still profit from it? This may indicate that we likely won’t get an announcement for the Nintendo Switch’s successor for at least another fiscal year. But only Nintendo knows the truth on the matter.