I still don’t quite know how I feel about the Nintendo Switch. The unveiling did a great job of tantalising me, but there’re so many variables that are still very much up in the air. The battery life, the actual performance and, of course, the price. Many people did hot takes on the console, but I still think we are way too early to make any worthwhile predictions. However, it seems that Nintendo is confident with its new console.
Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima stated to Takashi Mochizuki of the Wall Street Journal that they are aiming to ship 2 million units during the first month. Of course, it is important to distinguish between shipping and actually selling. That figure will be the amount of Nintendo Switches (that’s a weird pluralisation) that are available to buy during the first month. Which really isn’t a lot since the Wii U actually sold 3 million units in its first month, worldwide.
Additionally, Kimishima also stated that the console will not be sold at a loss. This can be a worrying sign for the final price of the Switch since most consoles are often sold at a loss during their launch years.
2 million might seem like a lot, but considering how the company’s previous consoles sold, there might be significant stock shortages . We’ll have to wait and see how this develops.