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Nintendo’s Next Console Transition Is A “Major Concern” For The Company

During a Japanese investor Q&A this week, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about how the company plans to transition away from the Switch console in the future.

“We have already announced a portion of our software roadmap releasing up to next spring,” Furukawa said (via VGC). “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.”

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Furukawa explained that Nintendo’s strategy is to ensure that it doesn’t lose its massive userbase–over 100 million users according to the company’s 2021 financial year report–will be to ensure that it provides services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IP outside of gaming software. Some form of backwards compatibility was hinted at by Furukawa, as another method for retaining the Switch’s audience.

As part of Nintendo’s latest earnings briefing, the company announced that lifetime Switch sales have now reached 107.65 million units as of March 31 and game sales have climbed to 822.18 million units. That figure currently puts the Switch close to the PS4 and Game Boy on the best-selling consoles of all time chart, although it still has a way to go before it can beat the PS2 record of 155 million lifetime sales.

That number could be hard to achieve due to the global semiconductor shortage caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic, which Nintendo believes won’t end anytime soon. This past fiscal year, Nintendo sold fewer Switch units than the one prior and the company has also dropped its expected Switch sales for the current fiscal year from 21.7 million to 21 million.

There’ll still be plenty of games to play on the system though, including a number of first-party titles such as Bayonetta 3 and plenty of indie games that were revealed in today’s Indie World Showcase.

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