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Reggie: Nintendo Plans to Ship 2M Switch Consoles in First Month, Won't have NES Classic Supply Issues

Reggie: Nintendo Plans to Ship 2M Switch Consoles in First Month, Won't have NES Classic Supply Issues - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2017 / 8,451 Views

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime speaking with Wired said that Nintendo plans to ship two million Switch consoles in its first month and that it won't have the same supply issues as the NES Classic.

"What we’ve said publicly is that there will be 2 million units that will be shipped worldwide for the launch, essentially through month one," said Fils-Aime.

 

"I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality. This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.

"What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern."

The Nintendo Switch launches worldwide on March 3.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments

Jranation (on 16 January 2017)

It is already beating their expectations in the US! I wonder how many of em 2million at @ US?


shikamaru317 (on 16 January 2017)

Clearly not enough considering it's already sold out everywhere in the US.


lukeperryglover (on 16 January 2017)

Canada too. ...which usually gets lumped in with the U.S. anyways. :P
Most countries are probably sold out.


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PAOerfulone (on 16 January 2017)

With a launch date at basically the beginning of the month, 2 million is pretty conservative. 3 million seems like a more safe guess.


Mr Puggsly (on 17 January 2017)

Great, I hope they can sell 60 million of these. I'm excited about Nintendo putting all of its focus on one device.


PAOerfulone (on 17 January 2017)

Maybe it's 2 million in the U.S. alone? Reggie IS the President of Nintendo of America, so if he meant 2 million in the U.S. then I think it's a fair assessment, otherwise 2 million Worldwide is way too small.


SuperNova (on 16 January 2017)

'And that's why it's sold out everywhere two days post presentation! :D'


Luke888 (on 16 January 2017)

2M is ridiculous, Zelda will sell that alone, they should ship 4M, at least there wouldn't be any risk of lack of supply


AngryLittleAlchemist (on 16 January 2017)

He basically said "We're shipping an extremely small amount but don't worry you'll all get one too!!" Makes no sense. Maybe Reggie thinks that no one wants the Switch??


PAOerfulone (on 16 January 2017)

Well, if you listen strictly to the mostly negative reaction to the presentation on VGChartz, you'd get that impression.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 16 January 2017)

It was more so a joke than anything. I"m excited for the switch, i think more shipments should be made.


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PAOerfulone (on 16 January 2017)

Ah, gotcha.
Sorry, hard to tell sarcasm when you're reading comments on the internet. I agree, more shipments need to be made, especially since Zelda is a launch title.


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lukeperryglover (on 16 January 2017)

Yes. ESPECIALLY since the Wii U never had it's own new Zelda. So that makes for even more hype for Botw.


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