Japanese Nintendo has recently translated an interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima talking to the Nikkei. The publication asked Kimishima whether the company thinks the Nintendo Switch, released in March 2017, can overtake the Wii. Kimishima believes it can if the company finds ways to broaden the way players play the system and therefore expand the user base.
Nikkei: The Wii which was released in 2006 surpassed 100 million total sales. Can Switch be expected to sell more than Wii?
Kimishima: We can compare the numbers in around two years after release. In the first year we’ll have game fans and Nintendo fans buy it. For the second year and beyond, it’s important to create a structure to make released games playable even further. If we can broaden the ways to play and the customer base, I think we’ll be able to compare it with Wii.