The Morning After: Nintendo wants to put several Switches in ‘every home’ | Engadget

After selling 23 million Switches two years ago and 18 million last year, Nintendo expects demand for the aging console to decline. It is forecasting sales of 15 million for next year and is not confident about that figure, according to its latest earnings report. “Sustaining the Switch’s sales momentum will be difficult in its seventh year,” President Shuntaro Furukawa said on the call. “Our target of selling 15 million units this fiscal has been slightly stretched.” To achieve that, he said: “We try to put not only one system in each house but several in each house.” Well, at least a new Zelda game is just around the corner…

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