The boss of Nintendo answered some questions from the press about the Nintendo Switch and the arrival of new consoles.
Since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been a huge hit. After the failure of the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch is even well on its way to becoming the best-selling home console of all time, if it keeps above the sales curves of the PS2, Wii and PS4. .
Nintendo’s next strategic choices will therefore be crucial to maintain this good health. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa answered questions from the Nikkei business newspaper on the matter.
Nintendo Switch only reached half of its life
As the president of Nintendo reminds us, the Switch will enter its 5th year on the game console market. For the company, the most important thing is first of all to offer games that will be of interest to those who have bought the Switch. in 2017 than the most recent buyers with Animal Crossing in 2020. The company has already announced many upcoming games to which it will have to come back later. One thinks in particular of Metroid Prime 4, or following The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
All this should allow according to Shuntaro Furukawa to extend the life cycle of the Nintendo Switch as much as possible. According to the president of Nintendo, the Switch has only reached half of its life cycle. This means that we should not wait for a new generation of Nintendo console for at least 3 years.
Quid de la Switch « 4K » ?
It should be understood that here that the president of Nintendo speaks of generation of consoles. He indicates that the “Nintendo Switch” generation is only halfway through its life, and that the firm is constantly considering ways to extend this lifespan. For this, it seems very likely that the firm is preparing new variants of its hybrid console, living room and portable. Nintendo has already launched a revision of the Switch increasing its autonomy, and a fully portable variant called Nintendo Switch Lite.
According to many rumors, the brand is now preparing a more powerful version of its console to display games in 4K. She has even asked developers to prepare their games accordingly for several months. The launch of a mid-generation console had precisely enabled Sony and Microsoft to extend the life of the PS4, with the Pro model, and of the Xbox One, with the X, by offering more performance for the same catalog of games.
The challenge for Nintendo is to launch a console of this type at the right time, so as not to slow down the sales of its other models, while making sure not to appear as old-fashioned against the new PS5 and Xbox Series consoles from competitors. . The firm must also ensure a certain production capacity, if it does not want to suffer the same stock problems as other brands.