Nintendo swears it’s increasing production of its Nintendo Switch video game console for the busy holiday season.
“We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast,” the Japanese video game company told The Wall Street Journal.
Notoriously – months after the launch of Nintendo’s latest home game console – the Switch is still nearly impossible to buy.
And demand is likely to increase, as Nintendo’s next huge Super Mario game, “Super Mario Odyssey,” is one of this holiday season’s most anticipated games.
In “Super Mario Odyssey,” you’ll once again control the adorably small and nimble Mario as he explores a smattering of new worlds. One of the first worlds shown, New Donk City, is a bizarro take on New York City. The humans are dressed as if it’s 1915, the cabs are on a loop, and posters of Bowser loom imposingly overhead.
Here’s everything you need to know about “Super Mario Odyssey” in one incredibly strange image:
The game is scheduled to launch on October 27, just ahead of the big holiday shopping season. And the Switch is the only place you’ll be able to play “Super Mario Odyssey.” As such, expect an especially high demand for the Switch this holiday. Nintendo says it’s preparing for as much.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so,” Nintendo told The Journal.
Of course, Nintendo has made similar promises in the past.
Most recently, Nintendo assured fans that both the NES Classic Edition and the Super NES Classic Edition wouldn’t be impossible to find. Those assurances turned out to be false; Nintendo’s Classic Edition line of consoles has become the latest symbol of Nintendo’s inability to satisfy customer demand.
Nintendo’s financial plans provide a clearer look into how many Switch consoles the company intends to produce. By March 2018, Nintendo projects sales of 10 million Switch consoles – it’s nearly halfway there, having sold 4.7 million as of June 30, 2017. But will another 5 million Switch consoles be enough to satisfy consumer demand this holiday season? That remains to be seen.