Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa insists the Switch isn’t going away anytime soon, reiterating that the console is just halfway through its life yet.
Nintendo has long insisted that the Switch is going to have a longer life than most Nintendo consoles generally do. Earlier this year, the company proudly talked about how the Switch is “redefining what a console’s lifecycle looks like”, while back in May 2020, it insisted that the console was barely halfway through its current lifecycle .
As you would expect for a console that refuses to stop selling – there are currently nearly 93 million units across shipments worldwide – Nintendo is sticking to those forecasts. Recently Q&A following Nintendo’s quarterly earnings report, when asked about the company’s plans for Switch’s successor, president Shuntaro Furukawa said there was no information to share at this time, especially due to the Switch’s momentum and strengthening success (for which the OLED Switch is also partially responsible), the console is clearly at the “hub” of its lifecycle right now, in his words.
“We can’t comment on the next game system at the moment,” Furukawa said. “This is now the fifth year since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and total hardware sales have exceeded 90 million units. We recognize that the system is at the center of its life cycle. The launch of the Nintendo Switch – OLED Model has also been contributing to continued sales momentum and we are now offering consumers three Nintendo Switch models to fit their play styles and lifestyles, as well as a wide range of software. With this, we believe that a foundation for growth has been laid that is larger than what we previously considered a conventional hardware lifecycle. “
Other than the NES, there is no Nintendo console that has been on the market for more than six years before its successor is released. After launching in March 2017, the Switch is almost five years old, but if it continues to maintain its momentum in the sales department and continues to add to its increasingly impressive software library, it’s very likely that it will stick around eventually. for longer than you would expect from a Nintendo console.
Of course, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S now out, the power gap between the Switch and other consoles has become considerably larger, though it is possible that Nintendo is trying to redress that somewhat with a refresh mid-generation for the Switch offers more powerful hardware.
Interestingly, however, a recent report claimed that what had started life in production as a more powerful variant of the Switch has now made its way to full Switch successor and is now targeting the late launch of 2022 / early 2023. You can read more for that through here.