Nintendo’s new console won’t be coming out anytime soon
Nintendo has been going at its own pace for years, not really keeping up with the rest of the industry and doing things its own way. Nintendo’s most recent financial report shed light on the company’s future plans for the next generation, and fans hoping for a new system soon should temper their expectations.
After the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S last year, the gaming community naturally turned to Nintendo to see what it would do next. Nintendo announced the Switch OLED earlier this year, which offers some overall improvements over the original console, especially in terms of display, but it’s not the much-spread (and coveted) Switch Pro.
Other aspects of the Switch, such as the growing popularity of cloud-based games such as Dying Light 2 and the current Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the device’s fundamental lack of capability, are causing supporters to want a new one. system as soon as possible. . Despite this, the Nintendo Switch continues to break sales records, closing out nearly 101 million units sold by the Wii.
Questions about the Switch replacement system were raised during Nintendo’s latest financial report, and the company responded with some helpful information. Highlights from the Q&A portion of the presentation were provided by David Gibson, co-founder of Astris Advisory Japan KK.
“What can you say about the next-gen 20xx device? Was the survey. “Nothing can be said,” replies Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, “Switch thinks it’s in the middle of a cycle, now with OLED, and continues its momentum with a wide range of software.” “On the next generation, we’re not stating at the moment,” the response adds, “we’re still discussing internally about the concept, timeline, etc. and discussing everything.”
The previously mentioned “20xx next-gen device” is a slide from Nintendo’s presentation outlining the company’s future plans. This image represents a strange timeline that begins with the Nintendo DS and Wii in 2004 and 2006, and then moves on to the Nintendo Switch in 2017.
A: On the next gen, we’re not saying right now, we’re still discussing internally about the concept, timing, etc. and discuss everything 3)
– David Gibson (@gibbogame) November 5, 2021
Beyond the Switch, there is an indefinite “future gaming system” with a “20xx” timestamp, implying that a new console concept is in the works. The point of this slide, however, is not just the new platform, but how Nintendo is trying to develop its IP both physical (new consoles and games) and digital (digital services) (Nintendo accounts and subscriptions).
For those involved in Nintendo’s future, this news is both exciting and disheartening. While the announcement of a new system marks the start of a new era of Nintendo magic, the fact that Furukawa believes the Switch is only halfway through its lifecycle may disappoint some.
At the very least, they won’t have to buy a new console anytime soon, given how difficult it was to get video game hardware during the pandemic. It will be fascinating to see how long fans have to wait until Nintendo officially announces its new console.