Apart from handheld families like the various Game Boy and Nintendo DS variants, the Nintendo switch the Japanese company’s most successful product – it’s Nintendo’s best-selling console anyway. Despite declining sales compared to the previous financial year, the Nintendo Switch continues to sell like slices of bread and remains the current market leader.
More than 107 million copies of the hybrid console have been bought by Nintendo fans around the world online or on site, so that they can use recipes for success at home or on the go Mario, zelda and Pokemon to enjoy. With a lineup of games well worth seeing for the rest of the year, nothing seems to stand in the way of success in the future. But what happens after that?
How does Nintendo want to transfer the success of the Nintendo Switch to the successor console?
They also seem to agree on this question Nintendo to make thoughts. At a Japanese investor conference held by the company (via VGC) spoke Shuntaro Furukawapresident of the game company, on the success of the switch, plans for the future and why the transition to the next console in particular poses a major risk:
“We’ve already announced part of our roadmap of software to be released by next spring. Unlike the past, we’ve continued to have a wide range of games planned for release, even five years after release [der Konsole]. That’s because the Nintendo Switch (buy now €359.90) had such a smooth launch that allows us to focus all of our development resources on a single platform.”
“However, the question of whether we can make an equally smooth transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware worries us a lot. Based on our experiences with the Wii, the Nintendo DS and other hardware, it is very clear that there is one of the biggest hurdles is just moving from one piece of hardware to the next.”
“To mitigate this risk, we are focused on building a long-term relationship with our customers. While we continue to release new software for the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that leverage Nintendo Accounts and other IPS outside of games help us make a long-term impact on our customers.”
In any case, the slightly falling but still impressive sales figures for the Nintendo Switch are not necessarily related to lower demand, but above all to the ongoing chip shortage caused by the corona pandemic. However, this should not pose a major problem in the long term: According to Furukawa, the switch is only about in the middle of their lifetime.