Nintendo Says It Wants To Avoid A Repeat Of Wii U With Switch’s Successor

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Since Nintendo announced its financial results yesterday – where it revealed the Switch has sold over 107 million units worldwide and predicted that profits will plummet again in the next fiscal year – there’s been been a lot of talk about a successor to Switch, hasn’t there?

In a Q&A with a Japanese investor, translated by Robert Sephazon for VGC, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about the company’s results and future. And the successor to the Switch did indeed appear during the conversation.

Despite stating that the Switch was only in the middle of its life cycle in February, Furukawa did indeed acknowledge that it wouldn’t be here forever, but that the transition to a new next-gen console is “a major concern” for Nintendo. Furukawa says the Switch’s soft launch has allowed them to plan and develop the console even after more than five years, but they are focusing on building “long-term relationships” with customers to mitigate as many risks as possible for the future of the hybrid. successor:

Unlike in the past, we continue to have a wide variety of games slated for release, even beyond five years of release. That’s because the Nintendo Switch had such a smooth launch, allowing us to focus all of our development resources on one platform.

However, whether we will be able to transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware just as easily is a major concern for us. Based on our experiences with the Wii, Nintendo DS, and other hardware, it’s very clear that one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how to easily switch between hardware.

To help mitigate this risk, we focus on building long-term relationships with our customers. As we continue to release new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IP addresses outside of gaming software. We want this to help create a lasting impact with our clients.

Given that production of the 3DS stopped in 2020 and the 3DS eShop will close in 2023, Nintendo’s focus on one piece of hardware has clearly worked to its advantage. The Switch hasn’t really had any major sales issues since its fall in 2017, with numbers continuing to rise at an extremely fast rate – it’s currently the fifth best-selling console of all time globally, after everything.

But we all know that the Switch will need a follow-up at some point, even if it’s just an important and beefier “Switch 2”. This discussion was intensified again yesterday, as Nintendo reported that hardware sales had started to slow (although much of this was due to global chip shortages), so the company might need something. , even if it is only a plan as Furukawa suggests. It’s something we’ve been considering a lot over the past year, and yesterday’s findings prompted us to write this article:

We’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo produces in the future, but the Switch – now in its sixth year – is still doing pretty well at the moment despite falling numbers. We have Breath of the Wild 2 coming next spring, after all.

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