Switch successor is a “major concern” for Nintendo
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa previewed the company's plans for the next Nintendo home console.
One of the biggest questions on every Nintendo fan’s minds is what the successor to the Switch is gonna be. The console debuted to massive success and recently became the company’s best-selling home console. But five years after the console dropped, everyone’s rightly curious about the future.
Of course, the Switch is still selling relatively well. But on a Q&A with investors last week, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa ensured that a Switch successor is a major concern for the company. Quote:
Looking back on past experiences of generational change such as the change from the Wii and Nintendo DS eras, we recognize that one of our tasks is ensuring the transition to future generations of hardware is as smooth as possible. […] While continuing to release new Nintendo Switch software for consumers to enjoy, we aim to maintain relationships across hardware generations through services that utilize Nintendo Accounts and by providing opportunities for them to experience our IP through other non-gaming channels.Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo
A Switch successor is one of Nintendo’s big focuses
The company’s hardline focus on the Switch makes sense, even with a successor apparently in the wings. Sales of the console have begun to temper in recent quarters, but the Switch has been incredibly successful overall. Furukawa explained why Switch games have been a recent focus, in a snippet translated by Robert Sephazon of Video Games Chronicle:
We have already announced a portion of our software roadmap releasing up to next spring. Unlike the past, we continue to have a large variety of games scheduled to be released, even beyond five years of release. This is because the Nintendo Switch has had such a smooth launch, allowing us to focus all of our development resources on a single platform.Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo
What are you hoping to see from the successor to the Nintendo Switch? Do you think we’ll get a preview of the console this year? Let us know!