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Nintendo Switch Won’t Be Sold at a Loss; 2 Million Consoles to Ship in March

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Nintendo Switch Won’t Be Sold at a Loss; 2 Million Consoles to Ship in March

Nintendo also thinks you’ll better understand how Switch differs from 3DS after the console’s “full unveiling.”

Nintendo has already announced that it won’t be making any game or hardware spec announcements about its Switch console until next year. But while gamers might have to wait a bit for answers to their most pressing questions about the hybrid system, that doesn’t mean they won’t find out any more new info this year.

Speaking during a company quarterly financial earnings call, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the plan is to ship 2 million Nintendo Switch units during the console’s launch month of March 2017, reports GamesBeat. Those units will be sent to the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Because Nintendo left the public in the dark on the Switch’s pricing when it announced the console, no one knows what each of those 2 million units will cost. On the earnings call, however, Kimishima stated that the company would not be selling the Switch at a loss, despite such a strategy being common for games consoles during their early years on the market.

At the same time, Kimishima said that the company will be listening “to what consumers expect from us when setting price,” according to a tweet by the Wall Street Journal’s Takahashi Mochizuki.

In a separate tweet, Mochizuki added that Kimishima has confidence that consumers will better understand how the console differs from the 3DS handheld after the Switch’s full unveiling.

Nintendo has previously stated that “Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost.” Still, the console holder has refused to detail what the release of a system that was seemingly designed to supplant both the 3DS and its current home console, the Wii U, means for those platforms’ future.


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