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Nintendo President: Transition to Next Console is a 'Major Concern for Us'

Nintendo President: Transition to Next Console is a 'Major Concern for Us' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 4 days ago / 2,378 Views

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa speaking in a call to investors translated by VideoGamesChronicle said the transition from the Nintendo Switch to its next console is a "major concern" for Nintendo. 

Nintendo is working on building "long-term relationships" with its users with providing services that use Nintendo Accounts, as well as using its IP outside of gaming.

"We have already announced a portion of our software roadmap releasing up to next spring," said Furukawa. "Unlike the past, we continue to have a large variety of games scheduled to be released, even beyond five years of release. This is because the Nintendo Switch has had such a smooth launch, allowing us to focus all of our development resources on a single platform.

"However, the question of whether we will be able to just as smoothly transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware is a major concern for us. Based on our experiences with the Wii, Nintendo DS, and other hardware, it is very clear that one of the major obstacles is how to easily transition from one hardware to the next.

Nintendo President: Transition to Next Console is a 'Major Concern for Us'

"To help alleviate this risk, we’re focusing on building long-term relationships with our customers. While we will continue launching new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IP outside of gaming software. We intend for this to help build a lasting impact with our customers."

Nintendo has shipped 107.65 million Nintendo Switch consoles as of March 31, 2022 and 822.18 million games for said console.

The company is forecasting it will ship 21 million Switch consoles and 210 million games from April 2022 to March 2023. If Nintendo hits its forecast the Switch will ship 128.65 million units in March 2023 and 1.03 billion games.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments
aTokenYeti (4 days ago)

This makes sense, the Wii to WiiU transition was not good and they really want to avoid that again

  • +5

I also like how they're stressing that everything will be tied to your Nintendo account now, finally. So hopefully we don't have to start completely over from scratch with our games as well as the legacy games on NSO transitioning to the new system.

  • +8

That's right, this account ecosystem, tied in with great platform interoperability of games (cross-play, backwards and forward compatibility) is what will make this transition smoother. Nintendo will do it, they said so almost as long ago as when the 3DS/WiiU was showing signs of struggle, that they will follow Apple's transition delivery style with i devices.

  • +1
2zosteven (4 days ago)

what do you think about a high and low in model for next generation? kinda like the x/s? maybe be able to get the AAA large 3rd party games?

  • +4

Didn't Nintendo already do this with the switch? They didn't differ in power, but the lite has less features kind of like no disc drive on the other consoles.

  • -1

come on man, that's not power

that's "you can't use the dock for no reason, and here is a smaller screen"

there's no power difference

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Alistair 2zosteven (2 days ago)

That's called a home console + a portable, that's what we want, high end and low end

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Roma (4 days ago)

Just name it Switch 2, make it backwards compatible and the problem is solved. Knowing Nintendo they will call it something that makes no sense to the casuals >_>

  • +3
VAMatt (1 day ago)

I certainly hope it's a major concern to them. Nobody has messed it up more times than Nintendo.

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Pemalite (4 days ago)

They need to make it look like a generational jump with a name that screams "successor" for advertising and I am sure they will smash it out of the park.

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