Clearing things up
Back last week, we shared a story pertaining to a Nikkei report. At the time, Nikkei mentioned that Nintendo wouldn’t have any new hardware in the current fiscal year. In that article, we mentioned that it was unclear whether Nikkei received that comment from Nintendo themselves, or they were simply speculating. Now we have a more clear answer.
The official English version of that article has arrived, and it doesn’t include any comment from Nintendo concerning new hardware, or lack thereof. It seems Nikkei made an assumption based on the discussion they had with Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, but again, Furukawa never came out and specifically said those words.
As far as we can tell, this is the only line in the interview that Nikkei could be referring to when they made their assumption.
Nintendo will continue to sell three [Switch] models: the standard model; the Switch Lite with reduced price, size and features; and the OLED model.
That statement does make it seem like Nintendo will push ahead with the three versions of Switch that are currently available, but it definitely doesn’t shut the door on new hardware this fiscal year. Now we know that those comments were definitely more of an assumption from Nikkei.