We recently learned that Nintendo Switch is still only in the middle of its lifecycle, but there are still a few concerns in 2022, including the semiconductor shortage that plagued hardware production last year. As Nintendo grapples with the drought, the company lowered its forecast sales volume for Switch hardware for the fiscal year ending March 2022.
The Switch hardware sales forecast was previously 24 million, which was already a lowered forecast from its initial 25.5 million at the start of the business year. On the other hand, Nintendo revised and increased its forecast for software sales, going from 200 million to 220 million for an increase of 20 million units. If we had to guess, it’s probably thanks to the massive sales from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which sold 1.425 million copies in its opening week in Japan.
Nintendo also revised the financial forecast for the fiscal year with a 50 billion yen increase in net sales. The forecasts for operating profit and net profit also increased by 40 billion yen and 50 billion yen.
Despite the semiconductor shortage we saw leading into 2022, the Nintendo Switch family of consoles managed to surpass 100 million in unit sales, which means Tatsumi Kimishima’s prophecy has come true in just five years. The former Nintendo president predicted precisely a month before the Switch launched that it would go on to sell 100 million units to surpass the Wii, and here we are.