Nintendo CEO expects Switch to ship two million units by the end of March 2017

With just two million units expected to ship out, Nintendo is being understandably more cautious with the release of Switch.


Nintendo lowered its full year sales and profit forecast earlier today, which has lead Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima to expect two million units of the Nintendo Switch will be shipped by the end of this fiscal year, or by March 31, 2017.

Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki reports the information comes straight from Nintendo during its financial results briefing, and certainly paints a picture of a more cautious company this time around, and with good reason.

When the Wii U launched, Nintendo shipped 3.06 million units while it expected to sell 4 million units by the end of March 2013. Considering how poorly the Wii U sold for Nintendo, we can’t blame it for being more caution with the production of its Nintendo Switch, especially since there’s still much we don’t know about the product after its brief introduction earlier this month. Hopefully it’ll be the mobile pioneer we know it could be or else Nintendo could once again have a flop on its hands.

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    October 26, 2016 9:25 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Nintendo CEO expects Switch to ship two million units by the end of March 2017

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      October 26, 2016 9:48 AM

      Sounds like both a lack of must-have launch titles and supply for a global launch. But, if this is set to launch in March and sell 2 million before the end of that month, I gotta imagine the release date is going to have to be March 3 or 10th since Nintendo has started doing releases on Fridays in Japan.

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        October 26, 2016 9:56 AM

        it might also point to a relatively high launch price

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          October 26, 2016 10:08 AM

          Maybe. They did also say it won't be sold at a loss.

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          October 26, 2016 10:34 AM


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        October 26, 2016 10:42 AM

        I want to get it for my son and his b-day is the 3rd. Hopefully it works out

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          October 26, 2016 10:46 AM

          yeah, sure... "for your son"

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        October 26, 2016 10:53 AM

        It does? 2 million units sounds pretty good in a month, no?

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          October 26, 2016 12:40 PM

          Depends if that's a worldwide figure, or just US or Japan.

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      October 26, 2016 10:20 AM

      the real question is, will this make the wii u cheaper?!?!

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        October 26, 2016 2:37 PM

        Probably not. They're only shipping about 800,000 more between now and March if I remember correctly

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          October 26, 2016 3:04 PM

          800,000 world wide between April 2016 and March 2017 were planned to be shipped so even less than you thought.

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            October 26, 2016 3:08 PM

            Yeah, that makes more sense. 800,000 between October and March seemed like a lot for the Wii U (sadly).

            But yeah, I take that to mean it will never get another price drop, except for at Black Friday like last year.

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      October 26, 2016 10:23 AM

      Any images of this sitting on it's side? I want but if it can only sit vertical, it's going to be a pain in a lot of entertainment centres.

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      October 26, 2016 11:23 AM

      tfw when a free smartphone Pokemon game makes you more money than your flagship game console

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      October 26, 2016 3:43 PM

      I'm definitely going to pre-order one as soon as I can, but whether or not I cancel that depends on what information they reveal about the console and it's release titles.

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      October 26, 2016 7:21 PM

      I typically dislike Nintendo consoles but I want this one day 1.

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      October 26, 2016 9:20 PM

      They're saying shipped, so I don't see why not. I could see 2 million of these on shelves and in homes.

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