A new Switch? Not for a long time says Nintendo

A new Switch? Not for a long time says Nintendo

While Nintendo presented the results of its first quarter 2022 down, naturally arises the question of renewing its line of consoles.

Remember that the Switch was launched in 2017 and will soon thus attack its 6th year. Currently the life cycle of consoles gravitates precisely around 6 to 7 years, which places the Switch a little apart from the market.

Nintendo Switch

Sure, Nintendo did revise its console with a Lite model followed by an OLED version, but performance-wise, nothing has changed… The idea being to not fragment the gamer market as it has been the case in the past on 3DS.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con pair

Still, the Switch’s tech sheet struggles more and more each day to convince against the power debauchery of the PS5 and Xbox Series, and if in fact power alone is not enough to make good games, it still offers more comfort to developers who might choose not to invest anymore on a platform becoming obsolete or requiring too much optimization work.

The decline in Nintendo’s revenues could also be taken as an indicator of a loss of momentum for the Switch… Yet, the decline remains limited and ultimately Nintendo’s numbers are returning to their normal 2019 levels after two exceptional years, as the entertainment market was boosted by confinements related to the global health crisis.

The Nikkei

Thus, the Nikkei managed to get some information from Nintendo, and the situation has not really changed: no new Switch console is planned at the moment, and the release of the replacement for the current console is not expected to happen for several years.

It’s now clear that no new Switch is planned this fiscal year (which ends at the end of March 2023 for Nintendo). The firm will focus on the release of various titles.

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