Nintendo has revealed that over the next financial year, covering the period of April 2020 - March 2021, it expects to sell 19 million Switch units worldwide.
The forecast arrives on the back of today's fiscal year earnings report, where Nintendo announced that the Switch family of systems achieved 21.03 million sales throughout FY20. Nintendo's forecast suggests that hardware sales are expected to drop by 9.6% over the next year, predicted in part thanks to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
"There are concerns that COVID-19 will lead to a global decline in production and consumption," Nintendo says. "Given the situation, we will work to continue to convey the appeal of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite hardware and expand their installed base".
Its major plans for 2020 currently known by the public include the release of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition this month, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics in June, and the distribution of the Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Shield in the summer. Software sales are also expected to decline throughout the next year, with Nintendo's predictions forecasting a drop of 17%.
While its 2020 line-up still looks rather slim on the surface, Nintendo notes that "other software publishers also plan to release a wide variety of appealing titles, and the combination of existing popular titles and a continuous stream of appealing new titles will work together to invigorate the platform".
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