Since its initial launch, the Nintendo Switch has made headlines for a number of different reasons. It’s portability, a first for consoles, lent itself positively to many reviewers, who praised the Switch for the seamlessness of its transition from dock to handheld. This, combined with the immense popularity of the Switch’s launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, caused it to become the fastest-selling console in Nintendo’s history. Unfortunately for many gamers, this success proved to be a double-edged sword; the Switch was notoriously hard to obtain after launch, and is still unavailable in many population centers.
It’s this last problem that Nintendo aims to rectify. According to an article on The Wall Street Journal, the Switch will see increased availability during the upcoming holidays.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can do so. We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast.”
Nintendo is now aiming to ship over 10 million of the console before the end of the fiscal year in March, 2018. A comment further in the article states that sources “involved in the supply chain” have been told to expect as many as 18 million units. An anonymous executive is quoted as having said, “his company was ready to pick up the pace of production if asked.”
This is certainly good news for those unfortunate fans who’ve had little luck in obtaining the console. Hopefully, this increased production will spell an end for the unavailability of the Switch, which has hung like a dark cloud over Nintendo’s otherwise successful product.