Nintendo plans to make the sales of switch hosts flat or higher than in previous years with the launch of upgraded switch hosts in fy2022 as of march2022.
The forecast sales of switch software for the current fiscal year are 205million, which will be the highest annual sales of Nintendo platform in a single financial year, surpassing the current Wii record in FY2008. But according to Nintendo partners and suppliers, the launch of a series of big games will drive the sales of software to 250million sets in the next fiscal year.
Analysts previously predicted that sales of software and hardware for switches will fall next year.
Some suppliers said they had been informed, while other partners had established their own forecasts based on orders. A spokeswoman for Nintendo declined to comment.
Nintendo plans to launch a new version of the switch in the second half of this year, with larger, better displays and upgraded graphics, Bloomberg reported. Nintendo has made popular games on its own platform, which not only bring huge profits to the company, but also promote the popularity of hardware. There are still many new games that have not yet been released this year.
Like Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo’s switch capacity will be affected by a global shortage of chip supplies. In addition to chips, Nintendo is facing a shortage of general-purpose components such as display drive IC and Bluetooth modules, according to people familiar with the matter. Parts suppliers say the shortage will last at least until June and the rest of the year may not improve.
People familiar with the supply chain said that NAND flash (switch game physical media) manufacturers will prepare more products for the next fiscal year than they are in the current fiscal year. Software developers also make switches a priority for their upcoming games, as the switch hosts will almost certainly sell more than 100million, attracting a large number of potential users. By the end of 2020, Nintendo has sold more than 80million switch hosts.