Nintendo had great confidence in the Switch’s prospects from the very beginning, and after its very profitable first month, the consolemaker is even more bullish about its future. But because of its dual nature as a console and a handheld, President Tatsumi Kimishima is setting his sights even higher. Like Nintendo’s previous portables, he expects many households to buy multiple Switch consoles:
[C]onsidering that Nintendo Switch is a home console video game system that you can take with you on the go so you can play anytime, anywhere, with anyone, we think there will be households that feel as though one is not really enough.
Kimishima made his remarks during Nintendo’s most recent shareholder Q&A session, and this newfound confidence in the console is all part of the company’s plan to ship ten million Switch consoles to stores over the next year. The executive also said that reaching this milestone will be a positive signal to their third-party partners, and it’s the best way to ensure a steady stream of third-party software remains in production for the Switch.
But it sounds like Nintendo themselves plan to power up the Switch’s first year, with Kimishima promising that major titles will launch “one […] after another with no gaps” until the end of the year:
Our vision for Nintendo Switch is to release one title after another with no gaps following the March launch, reach a large number of consumers during the holiday season, and continue to expand the business.
Kimishima’s statement heavily hints at more Switch announcements before the end of the year, but with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already available on store shelves, and Arms and Splatoon 2 confirmed for this Summer, he’s already well on his way to making good on his pledge.