With 10 million Switch sales since its release in March of 2017, Nintendo have really hit the ball out of the park with their latest console. Now, in a recent interview with the Kyoto Shimbun newspaper, the president of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima has stated that he wants to see 20 million Switch sales in the 2018 Financial Year (a ‘Financial Year’ runs from April 1st, to March 31st the following year.) Seeing that Nintendo has smashed the initial estimate of what the Switch would sell (somewhere in the region of 4 million), Tatsumi Kimishima is really going all-out in his estimates for what the Switch sales can number over next year.
Kimishima himself states that “the momentum exceeds expectations” and they will try to increase this momentum by launching software that enables new ways of playing. Considering that the Switch is already doing something no other console currently does (namely, being both a living room console, and a competent hand-held device), this statement is certainly going to stir up some excitement for the future capabilities of the Switch.
But, it all comes down to upcoming game releases. This year, we were treated to Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, both critically acclaimed and winning numerous Game of the Year awards (including one from us here at Gamer Professionals). Not forgetting a whole host of other first party releases like Arms, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8. With ‘year one’ being so jam-packed, it’s going to be hard for Nintendo to match this next year.
What do you think? Is the target of 20 million Switch sales too ambitious? Or will Nintendo continue riding their surge of popularity well in to next year? Let us know in the comments section below.