Nintendo still has some more big games planned for Switch
Never discount Nintendo. Or in order to do the most obvious and reasonable thing. With switch included in his sixth year After the console became the third best-selling console, you might think that this is the perfect time for a successor. But still no Switch 2 or Switch Pro in sight, and Nintendo tells investors that the console still has new games in development and plenty of room for growth.
After announcing worse-than-expected sales, investors repeatedly asked Nintendo. in question and answer this week if the Switch is dead and Nintendo has repeatedly said it isn’t. In fact, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa believes the company is in “uncharted territory” and confirmed that there are still games “in development for the Nintendo Switch” and “more games will be offered in the future.” Here is the full excerpt:
March marks the start of Nintendo Switch sales for the seventh year, and we view this as uncharted territory in the history of our dedicated video game platforms. Under these conditions, it is difficult to imagine that equipment sales will continue to grow at the same rate as now. However, games are being developed for the Nintendo Switch and new games will be offered in the future. We are seeing both new demand and multi-system hardware demand, so we believe there is still room for growth in sales. To this end, we want to maintain a high level of interaction with hardware and create new demand by not only releasing new games, but also by continuing to work to deliver the appeal of existing games.
Following the news that Nintendo would not be attending E3 2023, there was much speculation that the company did not have many other major games planned for the console after The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in MayAnd Pikmin 4 in June. In fact, the system may have completely dried up, and Nintendo was preparing to move to a new, more powerful system. But it’s clear from a recent investor pitch that even if sales slow down, the Switch could still have some runway. “We believe that both new games and evergreen games can create opportunities for new users to purchase hardware,” Furukawa said.
So what could be left? Despite rumors of delays, reboots and long waits since the announcement at E3 2017, Metroid Prime 4 someday it will probably come. We also expect new 2D and 3D Super Mario games. And of course the HD port The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Wakes or remakes in the style of dioramas from Oracle of the Seasons/Age. Given the company’s long history and propensity for surprises, it’s easy to see another Baby Icarus, Star Foxor another B-tier franchise that got the last hurray on console.
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Really, some analysts do not predict new Nintendo hardware not until 2024, while Bloomberg recently reported that the company is actually ramping up production of existing switches in order to sell even more next year than last year. And don’t expect a price drop anytime soon. “As we continue the Nintendo Switch business for the long term, we have tried to keep the cost and pricing of both hardware and software as much as possible,” Furukawa said this week. “We don’t think the policy needs to be changed at this stage.”
Correction: 02/10/23 2:50 PM ET: The title and text of this story previously misrepresented the age of the Nintendo Switch. Soon he will be six years old.