If you’re hoping to give or receive a Nintendo Switch this holiday season, it appears your odds are greatly improving.
Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the state of the company and shared some good news. “Thanks to our component suppliers, who even opened up new production lines for the Switch, our ability to ship the console has improved drastically,” said Kimishima.
Nintendo increased its projected sales for the Nintendo Switch through March 2018 up to 16.7 million, an increase in the projection of 4 million units. This doesn’t necessarily correlate to those units all being available during the holiday season, but it does seem like a fairly reasonable assumption.
Nintendo has also revealed that through the end of September it has shipped 1.7 million SNES Classics. During the entire of the NES Classic last year, the company shipped 1.4 million units through the end of 2016, meaning that the company really has carried through with its promise that more units would be available this year. They still aren’t easy to find, but the company definitely has made an effort. In total, the NES Classic shipped 2.3 million united, so there is still a ways to go, but that seems like an easy number to surpass at this point.
Speaking just from personal experiences in my small midwestern town, the local Walmart has pretty consistently has the Switch in stock for the past several weeks, so it does feel like supply and demand are finally reaching some form of parity. As the holiday gift-giving season takes off that may change, so if you see one, jump on it because it may not be there next time you look.