Nintendo’s earnings left a lot to be desired this quarter, however President and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima isn’t worried. He has a rosy outlook for the launch of his company’s next-gen Switch portable console.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to ship 2 million Switch consoles when it goes on sale in March 2017.
Although we don’t have a firm March release date yet, most of that 2 million figure will probably be made up of pre-order sales. Just to compare, Sony had 1 million pre-orders for the PS4 and shipped another 1 million units at launch in the US alone. The original Wii was also a hot seller at launch and even the Wii U moved over two million units in the US and Japan during its first six weeks in 2012.
Nintendo could hit this goal. After all, the novelty of the console alone will have curious gamers and newcomers alike buying it to check it out. Then again, Nintendo has been in a bad spot for awhile, so who knows. Really it all depends on the price which we do not have yet. And is this console different enough for gamers to spend their money on it? Those are the big factors.