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Nintendo has had a checkered past when it comes to hardware transitions. More times than once, we’ve seen Nintendo follow a hit piece of hardware with a new device that struggles to find an audience. Nintendo is going to do their best to avoid that situation with the transition away from Switch, and that’s while knowing full well that there are more options for entertainment than ever before.

During Nintendo’s investor Q&A, a question came up about the risks Nintendo faces when transitioning from one platform to another, as well as the competition they face. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa was very straightforward about Nintendo’s failings in the past, and also acknowledge that Nintendo is competing against much more than just other game platforms. You can see the full question and answer below.

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kuribo

12d ago

For their traditional console business they've been in a down-up cycle with Gamecube > Wii > Wii U > Switch. But with their handheld business, each hardware iteration has been a great success. I think, at absolute worst, the next system might be slow out of the gate like 3DS but ultimately be successful.


noblades_nobows

4d ago

Nintendo would be crazy to think that the next system could outsell the Switch. I’d rather see them innovate with a different concept that to try and compete with Switch. Plus the switch still has legs and could sell for another 3-4 years.