In the context of a meeting with its investors, the chairman of nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa recently acknowledged that the firm is currently “very concerned” about the transition between the Switch and the machine called to succeed it. The main risk being to lose the public acquired with the console to the Joy-Con.
In recent years, many have been waiting for the announcement of a Switch Pro. The formalization of an OLED model, coupled with material supply problems affecting many manufacturers, have moderated these hopes, without however extinguishing them. Because it seems almost certain that at some point the Switch will have a successor.
Five years after its release, Nintendo’s latest console shows no signs of slowing down, both in terms of sales and the software offering. This week, as part of a question-and-answer session with its investors, Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa was asked how the firm was able to continue to supply its machine with titles. quality over such a long period of time.
Transition with the next Nintendo: “long-term relationships” developed with the public
Mr. Furukawa explained that having a single platform to manage has brought together a lot of talent and projects.
“We have already announced part of our software release schedule until next spring. Unlike in the past, we continue to have a wide variety of games planned, even beyond five years of release. This is because the Nintendo Switch launch was smooth, allowing us to focus all of our development resources on a single platform.”
The question was also about how Nintendo envisioned the sequel.
“However, whether we will be able to make an equally seamless transition from Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware is a major concern for us. From our experiences with the Wii, Nintendo DS and other platforms, it’s very clear that one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how to easily switch between hardware.”
“To mitigate this risk, we focus on building long-term relationships with our customers. As we continue to release new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also offer services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IPs outside of gaming software. We intend to help build a lasting impact with our customers.”
With 108 million Switches sold, it is easy to understand that Nintendo wants to keep this user base for its next console, also with the argument of backward compatibility.