Nintendo Switch To Sell 40 Million Units By 2020: Analyst
An interesting piece of analysis involving sales comes out from a GamesIndustry International feature, where analysts were required to be forecasting Nintendo Switch's sales in the next few years. According to DFC Intelligence, Switch is going to sell around 40 million units by 2020, which would make for around 13/14 million consoles per year.
This forecast is sure enough pretty bold, as Wii U has just sold around 3.34 per year since its release in 2012. This could basically make for Switch to sell 4x times more than Wii U per year. As of September 2016, Wii has managed to ship 10.2 million units per year.
“Demand is expected to be strong and the major issue will be whether the system can attract a broad audience starting in the holiday sales season of 2017, said DFC's head, David Cole. “Switch is a compelling piece of hardware that could potentially reach a much larger addressable market. However given the limited software and Nintendo’s poor recent track record of introducing new products we have tempered our forecasts to be conservative.”
Of course, we hope Nintendo Switch is successful enough to deliver upon this huge expectation, and even succeed, but it'll really depend on how the console gets received throughout this year. And even then we'll have to see how will the lineup be like from 2018, considering many of the biggest IP and franchises are releasing games in 2017.