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Supermario28 said:

Switch FY19 goal: 18m shipped

Switch from first week of April 2019 (W14) to last week of 2019 (W52) sold 16'824'318 units

The first 3 weeks of 2020: 628'593

Switch FY19 so far: 17'452'911 sold

If we count 1.5m Switch on shelves as we speak, switch could already be close to 19m shipped with more than 2 months until the end of FY19 and Animal Crossing yet to be released

That's not how the gap between sell-through and shipments works. If we estimate 1.5m Switch consoles on shelves now, then that's a pretty similar amount to how many Switch consoles were on shelves when entering the current fiscal year, therefore there is nothing to add onto the sell-through numbers for the current fiscal year. ~17.5m in sell-through also means ~17.5m in shipments.

Your maths suggest that Nintendo will annouce shipments of ~11.4m for fiscal Q3 (ended on December 31st), but VGC's sell-through estimates are actually pointing towards ~10.0m, so Nintendo will be at ~17m through three fiscal quarters, leaving them with 1m to go to reach 18m. Of course they'll revise their forecast upwards.

Should Nintendo announce notably higher shipments than ~10.0m, then VGC will adjust their sell-through estimates upwards. We'll know in a week because Nintendo's fiscal results are due on January 30th.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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