Nintendo intend to increase Switch console production in the coming fiscal year. Given that the console is already in its seventh year of existence, many people find this decision quite odd.
According to sources at Bloomberg.com , Nintendo Co . expects to increase manufacturing of their six-year-old Switch console in the following fiscal year after shipping around 21 million Switch units in the fiscal year ending March 2023. After lowering the Nintendo Switch sales forecast to 19 million units in November 2022 owing to component shortages, they unexpectedly chose to raise production due to increased customer demand.
What is most surprising at the moment is that the Nintendo Switch is a rather old console, and with the appearance of a large competition in handheld consoles in the form of the Steam Deck, everyone was expecting the Switch's successor to be announced, but judging by this information, we will still be waiting for something like that to happen.
However, sales figures reveal that the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the United States in 2022, despite manufacturing cuts owing to component shortages, and with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S as competitors, these numbers are rather impressive. Perhaps these figures are the reason Nintendo Co. wants to make one final push with Nintendo Switch sales before revealing its successor.
Some people are already concerned about what Nintendo might present in the future with a console that is approaching its seventh year of life because they believe that, in addition to Zelda and Super Mario , the two mainstays of this console, something else must be shown in order to keep existing and new potential users' interest.
Despite fan concerns, Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Toyo Securities, believes that the themed special edition of the Switch, based on the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild , will be enough to attract new customers and justify investments even in the Switch's seventh year of existence. Only time will tell if this strategy will pay off for Nintendo.
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