Nintendo Switch To Sell 50 Million Units In Its Lifetime, Don't Think So It Will Reach 100 Million
Nintendo Switch is off to a great start not only in Japan but worldwide. The console shipped over 2.74 million units in the very first month of its launch, and just 17 weeks to reach the sales figure of 1 million units in Japan, and there is no sign of slowing down except for the fact that Nintendo is finding it difficult to increase the production of the Nintendo Switch due to component shortage. Despite this issue, is it possible for Nintendo Switch to beat Xbox One in terms of sales in 2017? Analyst Michael Pachter in a recent episode of Pachter Factor commented on this query, and his response might come as a surprise to many of you.
Michael Pachter replied that Nintendo Switch is indeed going to outsell Xbox One in 2017 by a margin of at least 3 to 4 million units.
"close .. I would say Switch could sell as many as 14 Million and if that happens then that's more than Xbox One. Xbox One is probably going to sell about 10-11 Million, but again Microsoft doesn't tell you and there is no way to measure anymore. But I think Xbox One is on track to sell 10-11 Million a year, Switch is gonna do that 10-11 could sell more but it really depends and I need to get through to a holiday season to see."
And when asked to explain the reason behind this eye-catching prediction, Pachter replied by making a point on the price tag, position of Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in Japan.
"My bias is that Switch is a handheld and it's a really good handheld for $300, Xbox is a really good console for $300. So if you want a console you are buying a Xbox, and if you want a handheld you are buying a Switch. But I think the portability of the Switch probably slightly dictates in its favor, I think the Japanese market is gonna buy 3 or 4 million of them as opposed to Microsoft who have probably not sold a million there yet. So there is a lot of demand in Japan for Nintendo based products."
Lastly, Pachter made the prediction of Nintendo Switch lifetime sales figure, and it is quite less than the Wii.
"Overtime Switch will be fine it will do 50 million if the price comes down the curb . The question though is will it do a hundred? I don't think so that's 20 million a year. 10 Million a year for 5 years for sure,20 Million a year ever probably not"
50 million units? Nintendo President Kimishima anticipates that the Nintendo Switch will have lifetime sales numbers similar to the Wii, which sold 101 million units by 2016. How are they going to achieve this: Nintendo is finding it difficult to increase the production, and this shortage is expected to continue till Holiday Season 2017?