Nintendo is expected to expand the production of the almost six-year-old Switch

Nintendo is expected to expand the production of the almost six-year-old Switch ...

According to people familiar with the matter, the Nintendo Switch will continue to produce the console until its sixth birthday in March 2023.

According to Kenji Fukuyama, an analyst at UBS Securities, an increase in Nintendo Switch production contradicts analyst predictions for console sales to decrease.

Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Toyo Securities, believes special edition consoles would help drive sales of the console in its sixth year, with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's release date further presenting an attractive opportunity for unique hardware.

Considering the success of Breath of the Wild at the console's launch — and the possibility of any other surprises coming this year — it would not be the greatest surprise for the console to exceed expectations.

Regardless, Nintendo's projected targets will be met this fiscal year and the following, bringing the console to over $150 million in lifetime sales. Only two other consoles have succeeded in accomplishing this feat to date, the Sony PlayStation 2 at 155 million and the Nintendo DS at 154 million.

I'll spend my May much worse than I expected, due to increased Nintendo Switch sales. Check out our The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom pre-order guide to get you ready for the big day.