It’s no secret that Nintendo has struck success with the Switch in a big way. The system was a consecutive seller on all charts regardless of the region, and has seen mammoth software sales, especially for first party games. Despite coming out in 2017 and seeing the release of two brand new next generation consoles, the system has continued to sale. But like everything, the COVID pandemic has impacted the system, as Nintendo will be revising their plans on how many Switches it’ll produce for the fiscal year.
As reported by Nikkei Asia, Nintendo has reported they will revise their fiscal plans from 30 million units in the 2021 fiscal year to 24 million, which also undercuts the previous sales goal of 25.5 million units (taken down from the ambitious 28.83 units from before it). Uncertainty over production with chip shortages that have impacted the other platform holders is pointed to as the main reason.
Despite the downsizing of exceptions, 24 million units is an impressive amount for a single year. Earlier in the year we also saw a revision of the system, the Switch OLED model, with rumors floating around that a full successor is also in development, though whether plans for that could also be impacted by the chip shortage remains to be seen.