Nintendo Switch To Match Nintendo Wii Success Says Nintendo President

Posted: May 3 2017, 7:30am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Nintendo Switch to Match Nintendo Wii Success says Nintendo President
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The initial success of the Nintendo Switch has Nintendo pumped.

Nintendo sold 101 million Wii consoles. The Wii was an incredible success for the Japanese video game maker. The console introduced motion gaming to the masses. Because the Nintendo Switch is off to an incredible start, Nintendo starts to believe the company can reach Wii sales numbers for the Nintendo Switch.

In a Q&A session that just got published on May 2nd on the Nintendo site, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima answered questions about Nintendo's strategy for the Switch going forward. "The truth is we want to raise the installed base of Nintendo Switch up to the same level as Wii. As we mentioned during our presentation, Nintendo Switch in America had the fastest start of any Nintendo hardware, despite launching in March, " said Tatsumi Kimishima.

He continued, "In the video game business, it’s important for consumers to feel that a sales momentum is going to grow, and we are setting a standard with Nintendo Switch to release a continuous string of major software titles from now on. And if our sales go according to our plan this fiscal year, we will be able to see Nintendo Switch gaining the momentum in which it can approach relative parity with Wii afterwards."

I am all for companies have lofty goals. For Nintendo to reach 100 million in Switch sales, the company needs to convince non-gamers, Xbox fans, PlayStation fans that they need to own a Nintendo Switch. Reaching the 100 million sales goal is still years away. The near term goal for Nintendo is to ship 10 million Switch consoles in the next 12 months.

The Holiday 2017 shopping season will be a crucial time for Nintendo. The company needs to make as many Switch consoles available as possible. This is likely going to mean that the number of the Switch consoles reaching retailers during the summer will be constraint, as Nintendo is stock pilling Switch consoles for November and December. To find a Nintendo Switch in stock online, consumers can use the new released Tracker app.

Nintendo plans to continue ride the strong momentum into the summer, a series of big games will launch for Nintendo Switch over the next few months, including Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (digital release on May 11), Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (May 26), ARMS (June 16) and Splatoon 2 (July 21).

The Nintendo Switch got restocked last week at most retailers in time for the Mario Kart launch. The Switch is sold out online again since Friday. Retail stores are the only option again. This morning Target and Walmart stores have been flagged by Nintendo Switch trackers to have stock.

The influx of new Nintendo Switch consoles has pushed down the reseller prices to around $370. A legit looking offer goes for $376.99 with free shipping on amazon.com.

To find a Nintendo Switch in stock online, shoppers can try our new stock tracking service The Tracker. Find the current offers for the Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con and the offers for the Nintendo Switch with Neon Joy-Con.

The new Nintendo Switch launched on March 3 and as expected, the new console sold out on launch day. Nintendo announced on April 27 that the company sold 2.74 million Nintendo Switch consoles to date. The Japanese video game company is now fully back on track and forecasts to sell 10 million Switch consoles in the next 12 months.

The Nintendo Switch is a completely new video game concept. It's a mobile console first with removable small controllers. The mobile unit with display rests in a Nintendo Switch console connected to your TV.

The mobile unit slides inside the Switch docking station, where it also gets charged. The small controllers that are detachable from the mobile unit also slide onto a home controller.

The Nintendo Switch games sell for $59.99 like the games for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch game line-up includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo killed region locking on the Nintendo Switch. Any game sold in any region is playable on the Nintendo Switch.

The system includes the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two versions of the system are available: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Read the lastest Nintendo Switch news.

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