The Wired has an interview with Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed that the Switch will ship 2 million units worldwide at launch.
Wired asks what does Nintendo foresee in terms of the number of Switch consoles that it will be able to release in the year of 2017. To which Fils-Aime responded
What we’ve said publicly is that there will be 2 million units that will be shipped worldwide for the launch, essentially through month one.
Fils-Aime continues by saying Nintendo is aware of the concern about supply, following the NES Classic shortage:
I know, because I read the boards and I read the comments, that there is concern about supply. From what I’ve read, the concern seems to stem from the lack of ability to buy NES Classic. So what I would say is this: Two million for essentially the first month is a huge number, especially when you look and see that this is not peak seasonality. This is essentially the first three weeks of March. Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch. That’s how we build our supply chain, that’s how we think through the amount of product that’s available.
What happened with NES Classic is that was a situation where the global demand was well in excess of anything we had anticipated, and that’s what created shortages. The good news, at least for consumers in the Americas, is we’re going to continue to make the NES Classic available. With the ongoing level of supply, the ongoing demand is going to be met. We know the concern.