Former Nintendo of America boss Reggie recently shared his thoughts on how Nintendo could prepare for a Switch successor, and the same topic came up again during an interview with CNET.
He previously mentioned how important the “content pipeline” will be for next-gen Nintendo, and now he’s added to that by reiterating that maintaining and capitalizing on the Switch’s success will still be “a major challenge.”
He simply steps back from the history of the video game industry, seeing how some companies (including Nintendo) have gone from one “very successful platform” to another just a few times.
Here’s what he had to say:
“[Nintendo] also touched on recently in their financial announcements, thinking deeply about how they transition from Switch to the next platform, what it should be, and how it should be a well thought out series of decisions. Going from a very successful platform to the next very successful platform… you might argue that this has only been done a few times in the video game industry. Sony, from the original PlayStation to the PlayStation 2, has clearly gone from strength to strength. Nintendo, from Gameboy family systems to Nintendo DS. It hasn’t been done since the way I look at the industry. For Nintendo, successfully transitioning from Switch to what’s next will be a major challenge that they’ve already said they’re thinking deeply about.”
Reggie, as mentioned, has previously shared similar thoughts about all of this, describing the transition from one successful platform to another as “incredibly difficult and complex.” You can read more about this in our previous story.
What are your own thoughts on this? Do you think Nintendo can successfully transition from the Switch to its next product, even if it’s still five years or so away? Leave your thoughts below.