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The Nintendo Switch has had a stellar first year, toppling expectations and making a believer out of many skeptics. This fact has apparently bolstered Nintendo's expectations for the console, as they've set a rather impressive goal for the console's second year on the market. They aim to sell through 20 million total units.

This news comes hot on the heels of a revelation that the Switch was already setting pace with the most successful console of all time, the PlayStation 2. We learned this week that the Switch had actually surpassed the current king's first year totals, which is a pretty impressive feat we attribute to Nintendo's dedication, a fantastic list of first-party offerings, and plenty of third party support from both AAA and indie developers.

Based on a recent interview (translated by Gameinformer), Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima aims to continue riding that momentum into year two, saying he wants to push double the number of Switch consoles out the door by the first quarter of 2019.

To be clear, Tatsumi Kimishima is talking fiscal year in his predictions, and the current one doesn't run out until March 31 of 2018. The second fiscal year for the Switch runs from April 1 of 2018 to March 31 of 2019, so he's got a decent window of opportunity to make good on those predictions.

For those of you saying that the Switch has already sold half that total figure, so hitting 20 million should be a breeze, there are quite a few additional factors to keep in mind. For starters, this was the launch year for the Switch, which is always a huge sales driver for a new console. Also, Nintendo had an insane lineup of games ready to roll including newcomers like Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey, as well as remakes like Super Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament. That was of course bolstered by plenty of third party support, which we hope to see continue now that the Switch has proven itself a success. However, we don't have much to fall back on for that Nintendo side of the equation. We know that games like Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokemon game are inbound, but Nintendo doesn't have a release date on most of its known upcoming projects.

In other words, positive momentum will carry the Switch, but only so far. We figure this first year has likely convinced more developers to join the Switch party, and maybe Nintendo is banking on their support while they finish up their next roster of big titles. Either way, it's hard to support the idea that a great year one will mean an equally great year two. Then again, this is Nintendo we're talking about, and they always seem to surprise us.

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