2021 was a great year for nintendo : with sales still in good shape, the Switch recently stood out as the best-selling home console in the history of the Kyoto firm. A performance that commands respect when you consider that the hybrid console has just entered its sixth year of marketing – which raises some questions about Nintendo’s position on its future.
In a financial report reported by the American site Bloomberg, its CEO Shuntaro Furukawa looks back on the future of the console and gives the current state of its life cycle… Which, in his own words, is still here to stay.
The Switch ready to stay?
Thus, the president of Nintendo affirms that the Switch is not ” only in the middle of its life cycle“. Motivated by the console’s strong sales figures over the past year, Furukawa explains that ” the Switch is poised to break the past trend of our consoles showing signs of weakness in their sixth year on the market and continue to rise“.
Even though sales for the past year are below 2021 (23.6 million units sold, down 14% year-on-year), the Nintendo Switch has largely remained number 1 on the console charts. It thus signs its second best year of sales since its launch in 2017, and the software figures sign a record year with more than 234 million games sold in 2021.
This isn’t the first time Furukawa has broached the subject of console longevity. In March 2021, the president estimated that the Switch ” was just entering the middle of its life cycle“…A medium that seems likely to last quite a while. If the Japanese businessman assured at the time that the concept of hybrid console allowed him ” to prolong ” its longevity, it always seems more apparent to players that the successor to the Nintendo Switch cannot be expected.