With very high annual sales, many believe that Nintendo “matched” the success of the Switch, which meant the company needed more time than usual to launch the successor. Confirmation of this came with the release of the Switch OLED, which was slightly different from the original console and did not actually bring any noticeable technical improvements.
During a recent meeting with investors this week, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa revealed that the company plans to reduce the risk of resetting its more than 100 million customer base by building long-term relationships, be it through Nintendo accounts. Use your intellectual property outside of games.
We have already announced part of our game schedule that will be out until next spring (from Japan). Unlike in the past, we still have a wide selection of games scheduled to run, even five years after the release of Switch. The reason for this is that the Nintendo Switch had a very smooth run, allowing us to focus all development resources on one platform.
However, the question of whether we will be able to make such a smooth transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware is a major concern for us. From our experience with the Wii, Nintendo DS, and other hardware, it is very clear that one of the biggest obstacles is how to switch from one device to another easily.
To mitigate this risk, we are focused on building long-term relationships with our customers. While we will continue to release new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that also use Nintendo accounts and other intellectual property beyond the game software. We are going to help us build a lasting impact on our customers.
As we know, Nintendo has already announced its plans to expand its franchises through TV series and movies such as Detective Pikachu and Super Mario, as well as going to the mobile market through games like Super Mario Run and the successful Pokemon Unite.
ᲠSeveral months ago, Furukava also pointed out earlier that the console after Nintendo should have rear compatibility with the Switch as one of its big draws, which should help the company achieve the “smooth transition” it was looking for.
Anyway, we know Nintendo is working on a new console, but its release date is still a mystery.
What do you expect from Nintendo’s next console?