Reports of Nintendo planning to keep pushing the Switch this year support claims that its next console isn’t due until at least 2024.
With the console coming up to its sixth anniversary, you would think Nintendo would start winding down support for the Nintendo Switch, to make way for new hardware.
However, it’s now been reported that the company intends to do the exact opposite for the coming fiscal year.
While there are no target figures, Nintendo has apparently been informing suppliers and assembly partners it’s increasing console production, since there remains high demand from consumers.
There has been a slump in console sales this past year. In the UK, at least, Switch sales were down by 28% compared to the year before.
This can likely be attributed to the Switch’s age and the cost-of-living crisis. However, console sales were lacking across the board and the Switch still wound up being the best-selling console of 2022.
In fact, according to Bloomberg, the Switch will have sold roughly 21 million units by the end of this fiscal year. Considering Nintendo reduced its sales expectations to 19 million, this only highlights how popular the Switch continues to be.
Furthermore, anonymous sources familiar with the matter added that Nintendo only lowered its expectations due to component shortages, not because public interest was diminishing.
There will most likely be a boost in Switch sales once The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom launches, especially if that leaked Zelda themed Switch launches alongside it.
It’s believed Nintendo will revise its sales expectations if demand does underwhelm, but that could depend on any unannounced projects it has in the pipeline.
Exactly what it does have planned for the next 12 months is unclear, as apart from Zelda and Pikmin 4 there are no other major titles beyond a Kirby remaster and Platinum’s Bayonetta Origins spin-off.
At the very least, this strategy lends further credence to suggestions that Nintendo isn’t releasing new hardware until 2024.
After all, if the Switch 2, or whatever it ends up being called, was going to come out this year, Nintendo wouldn’t spend time or money bumping up production for its current hardware.
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