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Nintendo's president says Switch around the middle of its lifespan, but there's "much more" they can do with it going forward

A lot of life left in this beast

The Switch is absolutely killing it on the market right now, with sales outpacing the Wii. Over 80 million units have been snatched up, and the system is showing no signs of stopping. Pretty impressive for a platform that's been out for nearly 4 years!

In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa talked about where the Switch is at right now, and what Nintendo has planned moving forward. It's very clear Nintendo has a lot of plans for the platform as the months and years roll on.

As the Switch enters its fifth year on the market, one of our focal points is ensuring it has a long life cycle. It’s very important for us that customers continue to enjoy playing their Switch. This includes Switch owners who bought the console at launch all the way through to those who bought in with recent releases like Animal Crossing. It’s about providing new gameplay experiences for all Switch owners. We need to keep in mind that the console base will continue to expand, as well as the types of games that have already been released for the system.

...I always say that the Switch is around the middle [stage] of its life cycle. We’re able to offer a wide variety of different games because the Switch is both a home and portable console, but there’s much more that can still be done in the coming years.

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darkfork
Sun Feb 14 21 06:33pm
Rating: 9

That sounds very much like there will be a new model

Except for the part where it doesn't have anything indicative of a forthcoming new model. I get that you're trying really hard to establish yourself as The Guy Who Correctly Predicted The Switch Pro, but you're pointing to nothing and saying it proves your forecast. You can believe whatever you want, but in this particular case there's just nothing there.

sligeach_eire
Sun Feb 14 21 02:59pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

"It’s very important for us that customers continue to enjoy playing their Switch. This includes Switch owners who bought the console at launch all the way through to those who bought in with recent releases like Animal Crossing. It’s about providing new gameplay experiences for all Switch owners."

That sounds very much like there will be a new model but they won't abandon current owners. The current Switch models could can play the base game, while the Switch Pro could make improvements like better graphics, higher resolutions, higher framerates. Maybe longer battery life, and a higher resolution screen, perhaps a larger screen, maybe more apps, etc. Eventually, it might have some exclusive more technical games. They've done it before with previous consoles and handhelds.

darkfork
Sun Feb 14 21 06:33pm
Rating: 9

That sounds very much like there will be a new model

Except for the part where it doesn't have anything indicative of a forthcoming new model. I get that you're trying really hard to establish yourself as The Guy Who Correctly Predicted The Switch Pro, but you're pointing to nothing and saying it proves your forecast. You can believe whatever you want, but in this particular case there's just nothing there.

Thank you for typing what I was thinking. Is a new model possible, sure, but I'm tired of how people are trying to claim it will happen at any given opportunity.

If you can't see the "indicative" in that statement, that's not my problem. When have you EVER known Nintendo to directly come out and say, "hold up people, don't buy the current system, if you wait a few months, we'll have a new and better version of our hardware"? Nintendo have blatantly lied in the past that a new version of their hardware was on the ways, sometimes literally within days. I'm not saying it's coming out in the next 6 months, but if you think Nintendo don't have plans for an iterative system at the very least, well good luck.

darkfork
Mon Feb 15 21 01:41am
Rating: 1

Most people assume there will be an iterative upgrade at some point, including me. But no one else is picking out sentences that don't say anything and think "there it is, proof of my dream Switch Pro." You might as well go for the gold and declare it's proof they're working on a next-gen successor; of course they are, of course they're not talking about it.

What would I need good luck for? Nintendo said--and you agreed--that they'd continue supporting the original install base. Their iterative upgrades have never been necessary purchases unless you had to have one of the four games that specifically required it. Even if I was wrong about denying an upgrade (which I never did in the first place), and even if I was somehow bound to never buying the upgrade, it's not going to affect my Switch experience much, if at all.

Don't think Ninty will do the sme mistake as when they announced the NX looong before they should have, ruining the already bad sales of the WiiU*. They'll announce it when it's ready.

("Oh cool. We'll wait for their next system that's obviously long into the works rather than get this silly tablet controller thingy with a silly name")

darkfork
Mon Feb 15 21 02:35pm
Rating: 1

I agree. I was only noting how ultimately empty it is to "divine" a development that everyone knows is happening even when the company is keeping mum.

There will always be Pachter wannabes out there who have to be right, even when they're not. It's the internet.

A bit more on-topic here though: I agree that there is more life in the Switch as is if the quality games keep coming. A BOTW2 for the holidays would be a great treat for sure (damn I have to get back to BOTW....). But as I mentioned earlier: 3rd parties should step up and make exclusive games. Those don't have to be AAA, deadly expensive to develop games, but can be great and unique AA games (Astra Chain and Octopath). Nintendo should make some deals if they have to. And then, when the time is right, they announce the "Pro"...With games utilizing it of course and it's still in the Switch family.

Nintendo have learned a lot and times have also changed since the Iwatian era is over. Like more aggressive marketing, more games for everyone etc. BUt in the end it is the gaming market and the PS5/XsX/GPC market will grow.

/rant

I predict Nintendo will absolutely most definitely release new hardware this century.

Am I a Super Analyst now?!

Be careful or Nintendo will sue you for leaking such info!

I mean he’s going off of lots of handheld precedent combined with similar comments they’ve made in years gone by. The difference is mostly that those hardware upgrades came at times when the base model sales needed to be bolstered. Switch is not in that position

There’s almost no doubt that this ‘pro’ version is waiting in the wings, and almost any shareholder would see it as a great decision to launch it. But when.... WHEN?!

darkfork
Mon Feb 15 21 07:36pm
Rating: 1

Going off precedent makes sense, I only took issue with interpreting a statement as indicative when it was nothing of the source. "They might say that, but historically we all know it's coming eventually" wouldn't have really bothered me.

"I get that you're trying really hard to establish yourself as The Guy Who Correctly Predicted The Switch Pro"

Your statements are full of nonsense, and you're stating them as fact.

Whereas my comment within 2 words says "this sounds", that’s NOT a statement of fact. Next:

"but you're pointing to nothing and saying it proves your forecast."

I never said anything is proven.

Let's keep going:

"But no one else is picking out sentences that don't say anything and think "there it is, proof of my dream Switch Pro."

I watched this video today. The relevant part starts at 6:42.

Again, where are you going with "proof"? He makes the same points as I do, but elaborates more. The Switch is halfway through its lifecycle, do people really expect it to last 8 years as stated by Furukawa, as is when Nintendo products typically last maybe 5-6 years? The president also said "It’s very important for us that customers continue to enjoy playing their Switch. This INCLUDES Switch owners who bought the console at launch all the way through to those who bought in with recent releases".

I'm interpreting that as a new model is in the works. I didn’t say it's going to be released in the next 6 months or anything like. But who knows, I don’t and you don’t.

Look at Switch Lite, Nintendo didn’t have to release it. Take its sales away, and Switch sales are still super impressive. It's about choice, giving consumers another option. A Switch Pro would give consumers another option, and developers further spec to improve their games.

The Switch Lite didn’t NEED to be released. Nintendo are being pro-active, not reactive. It widens the pool to attract even more consumers. The Switch Pro wouldn't be excluding current owners, it would allow the potential for some bells and whistles to be added to games.

darkfork
Mon Feb 15 21 07:32pm
Rating: 1

You do remember that I also believe an iterative upgrade is inevitable, right?

Let's deal with your false statements and your first comment that didn’t state this.

darkfork
Mon Feb 15 21 08:29pm
Rating: 1

It didn't have to. My comment pertained to how you interpreted a statement devoid of Pro allusions and said "sounds like Pro," and how that was silly.

Sun Feb 14 21 04:10pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

To be honest as long as it’s powerful enough for Nintendo and indies to keep supporting it without much compromise to their visions then I don’t think there needs to be a true successor for a while. Big current third party games will probably dry up but really when have they ever been a big pillar on Switch anyway? It’s great when we get games like Doom Eternal and such but they’ve pretty much always come as surprises and never been expected. Even if the bulk of third party games for the next few years comes down to remasters/re-releases of 360/PS3 and Xbox One/PS4 games I still think there’s a lot of value in that on Switch.

I do expect a Switch Pro at some point, though I don’t think it’ll be something used to get those PS5/Series X games that otherwise wouldn’t happen on Switch. Resolution and performance boosts for sure but I don’t see them attempting to catch up to the other systems in any way until the proper Switch successor happens.

enthropy
Sun Feb 14 21 04:49pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

IMO what Nintendo shpuld do is get more exclusive deals from 3rd parties. Bayonetta 3 and Astral Chain are perfect examples, but Octopath benig console exclusive is another good example. Since the Switch doesn't have a chance to get PS5/XsX ports at should get games bilt for it from scratch. I think that Monster Hunter Rise is going to sell like fucking coocoo crazy! More stuff like that.

And the Pro can be announced this year, released next. Just let 3rd parties use it's extra power for exclusives if they so want to, but Nintendo will have their games working on both.

Gunning for third party exclusives would be the best thing they can do, I agree. An exclusive From Software game wouldn’t go amiss!

I think Switch is in a good position versus previous Nintendo consoles like Wii U though because it doesn’t have a mass perception of it being a home console. It’s a handheld first and I feel like by and large people accept its power discrepancy and don’t compare it to other platforms. As long as there’s a steady output of quality games I don’t think the arrival of the other consoles will matter too much to the ongoing success of the Switch since it’s occupying a pretty different space and most people will buy it alongside another console.

Gonna have to disagree on the "It’s a handheld first" part since I think Nintendo went out of their way to make it an actual hybrid. Where you can see they achieved that is how people use it differently. Personally I barely use it as a handheld and some games just need the big screen. But others play it both ways and some even mostly handheld. That's the genius of the Switch... Well part of it. But the price was lower specs, yeah.

Anyway, since they can't compete with the two (actually 3 since PC gaming is ever growing) power beasts the Switch is a perfect place for unique games. They already have plenty but if 3rd parties are smart, and some like Capcom seem to be, more exclusive games should be heading it's way with the occasional port. Astral Chain and Octopath both sold over a million copies each. Nintendo make great games, but they can't push out enough of them alone, so third parties should look at them sales now! It's time Smile

Nintendo should, inmy opinion, work with third parties for the Pro. That way, not only MP4 and BOTW2 will make good use of them but some 3rd party games can be a part of it's launch. And it would still be in the Switch family and keep selling for some years until it's successor.

It’s about providing new gameplay experiences for all Switch owners.

This could also mean add-ons, which can be a tricky thing. The PSVR worked for Sony, but the Kinekt for MS...Not so much. But hey! It's Nintendo. They like to surprise us.

Switch sucessor in 2023/2024?

Here's what I see happening.

Call it a gut feeling but I think some type of new Switch is coming at the end of the year or before the end FY2022.

Support for the current Switch would last until at least 2024, maybe they'd do a phase out process.

Again, just a personal opinion based on gut feelings, rumors and other research. If I'm wrong it won't hurt, but I do find Bowser's Fury underperforming in stable performance rather interesting as Nintendo is usually rock solid in that regard. Makes me think there might be something more to it.

See even Nintendo themselves admit that it would be stupid for them to end the life support of the Switch in the fifth year. Just think for one second, why would Nintendo..like ever want to end the Switch in favor of the newer console if

1. They are not facing any kind of competition as of now( seriously, look at Famitsu sales...99% of them are Switch titles and base Switch is still selling.)

2. The sales it and the software just have are some of the largest Nintendo has sold by far since the DS and Wii era.

3. They haven't gone creatively bankrupt with it yet.

If they are going to reveal off the next-gen console at this moment, it would be stupid for them to do so because they lose a lot of Switch sales as what we just saw with the Wii.

I am shocked the Switch is turning 4 years old on March 3rd! Yes, I agree it has quite a few more years left.

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