Nintendo is ramping up production of the Nintendo Switch, as it expects demand to continue grow. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Nintendo wants to ship between 25 million and 30 million systems over the next fiscal year. That fiscal year would carry from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
With the release of the company's last earnings report, Nintendo updated its estimates for Switches shipped this fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2018) to 14 million. With the 2.74 million shipped from the March 3, 2017 launch to the beginning of this fiscal year on April 1, 2017, that's a total of 16.74 million. Assuming the company hits the high end of its estimates for the next fiscal year, that'll bring the shipment total to 46.74 million.
Nintendo's best-selling system of all-time, the Nintendo DS, had shipped 35.61 million units by the end of December 2006, two years out. The Nintendo Wii is the company's third highest-selling system and that crossed 44.96 million shipped by December 2008. (The Game Boy is the second best-selling system period, but numbers per quarter and per year are harder to find.) Basically, Nintendo is expecting record-level demand for the Nintendo Switch.
In contrast, the Sony PlayStation 4 had sold 30.2 million units worldwide by November 25, 2015, around two years out for its 2013 launch. Now, the numbers don't exactly match up, as Sony reports sell-through, the number of systems actually sold to customers, while Nintendo reports shipped, the number of systems sent to retail. Still, those are impressive numbers and if Nintendo hits them, they'll be in for a great time in the coming years.