It is on May 10 that Nintendo will present the results of its fiscal year while revealing its objectives for the next financial year. On this point, the economic newspaper Nikkei still plays the pryers by speaking before the management of Nintendo.
According to information from Nikkei, Nintendo is counting on a distribution target of 20 million switch for the 6th fiscal fiscal year of the console, which extends from April 2022 to March 2023. It is 10% less than at the previous one Exercise and 30% less compared to the record exercise during which Nintendo had distributed 28.83 million switch, carried by confinements and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Yet very natural in the life cycle of a console, this decline is already attributed to the shortages of semiconductors and logistical disturbances, which we tend to forget that they also affect Nintendo, to a significantly lower extent than Sony and Microsoft.
“The company based in Kyoto would like to start increasing production, but the prolonged shortage of fleas and the disturbances of the global supply chain exacerbated by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia will have an impact on production. At the same time, China, where switch is produced, is struggling with coronavirus epidemics. The supply chains were disturbed by the closure of Shanghai, which has harmed the production and delivery of parts and materials. If the closure extends, the sales of the switch during the 2022 fiscal year could fall below 20 million units, “said Nikkei’s article.
After reaching the park of 100 million faster than the PS4 and the Wii, the Switch could therefore accumulate approximately 128 million consoles in March 2023. Under these conditions, it can be estimated that the platform will be able to cross the 150 mark Million somewhere in 2024, joining the PS2 and the Nintendo DS at the Pantheon of the consoles. Nintendo also has the catalog necessary to compensate for production constraints by selling ever more games.
Splatoon 3, Mario + The Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Scarlet Pokémon and Pokémon Violet or the Suite by The Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are among the biggest cartridges known in its catalog. With already 766 million switch games distributed on December 31, Nintendo can also perfectly consider crossing the billion games bar, which the manufacturer has never done in its history even with Wii (922 million of games) or the DS (948 million games).