Nintendo Switch Sold Through 4.7 Million SKUs, According To Analyst
Nintendo Switch Sales
(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)

Nintendo has been coy about sell-through figures for the Nintendo Switch. Supply shortages and high demand has led to a lot of retailers constantly staying out of stock, and jacking up the MSRP with bogus bundles at $200 extra than what the system originally costs. However, all of it has helped pave the way for Nintendo to sell through 4.70 million SKUs from March 3rd to June 30th.

The news comes courtesy of Nikkei analyst Daniel Ahmad, who posted the figures up on Twitter, revealing that the 4.70 million is in result of Nintendo still suffering from a supply issue.

The supply issue isn’t just something analysts have taken note of, it’s being repeated throughout the industry, including from Nintendo themselves.

During the last NPD results – where they were soundly beaten by Sony’s PlayStation 4 – Nintendo promised that they weren’t purposefully constraining the supply just to lose the NPD battle throughout the summer. They mentioned in June that they would be ramping up supply for July and August.

The biggest hurdle they had to overcome was the iPhone 8 using up a lot of the NAND chips that were also required for manufacturing the Nintendo Switch, as reported by 9to5 Mac. The shortage of chips forced a lot yield on the manufacturing front for Switch SKUs, forcing lower than expect sell-throughs of the units.

Ahmad also shared the software attachment rates between Switch software and the hardware, revealing that there’s an 83% attachment rate for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has a 75% attachment rate, 1-2-Switch has a 26% attachment rate, and ARMS – after just releasing in the middle of June – has a near 25% attachment rate.

It looks as if ARMS could end up soundly surpassing the sales of 1-2-Switch at its current pace.

All of Nintendo’s big titles have moved over a million copies since release, which must be music to their ears.

The more challenging aspect of the Switch is getting third-party software moving just as many units; a problem that Nintendo has faced in the past with software on the Wii and Wii U.

Nintendo’s forecasts for the Switch – after the initial March madness was underway – escalated from an estimated 8 million SKUs to 16 million SKUs for the fiscal year, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. It’s doubtful they’ll move 16 million SKUs by March of 2018, but this all depends on how much they’ve actually ramped up production during the summer and whether or not there will be any consumer demand in the fall.

Ultimately, we’ll find out if the Nintendo Switch will sink or swim on the market when supply will meet demand during July and August. If the supply has surpassed demand and the PS4 is still winning the NPD charts in July and August, then it won’t look good for Nintendo at all.

(Main image courtesy of FIlip)


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  • Since Senran Kagura is coming on the Switch, I’ll eventually be buying my first Nintendo console since the GameCube.

  • Mr.Towel

    Things are looking good. I don’t think Third-Party development will come anytime soon, even if there is a big install base. Developers and publishers are probably still iffy at how Nintendo itself will treat them.

    But now Nintendo has a window to prove themselves, through indies. Indies are all jumping ship from Vita to Switch. If Nintendo stand by them and the indie game sales continue to be satisfactory, we will start to see Third-Party development coming along. Nintendo just needs to not drop the ball on this one.

    • Disqusted

      Yeah, on some of the Japanese streams I watch, people seem excited about the possibilities of making indie stuff for Nintendo Switch.

      I dunno, I’m still pretty jaded about gaming at the moment. And everything else, really.

  • Disqusted

    Feels like every Japanese stream I hop onto, people are like “are you getting a Nintendo Switch?” and the response is usually “I want one, but it’s sold out”.

    Nintendo is doing that short supply shit on purpose, right? If so, that disgusts me.

    • mikebrand83

      Nintendo is doing that short supply shit on purpose, right? If so, that disgusts me.

      They’re not, unless they are somehow conspiring to create an industry-wide shortage of components such as NAND chips… It’s one of the reasons why SSDs haven’t really gone down (or even gone up) in price over the last year or so.

      • Disqusted

        So it’s not the same situation as the Classic NES stuff. Thanks.

    • Mr.Towel

      I thought it was artificial shortages as well but from manufacturer reports it seems they’re competing with apple on the chips needed to make the device, so manufacturers are giving priority to Apple production and doing Switches when the schedule commands it only.

      • Disqusted

        Makes sense, thanks for clarifying that.