A lot of small but important details about Nintendo’s approach to the Switch’s future were included in post-financial results investor Q&A calls over the last 24 hours. One such tidbit had Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa calling the inevitable transition from the Switch to the company’s next generation of hardware “a major concern.”
Furukawa specified, in translations provided by VGC, that Nintendo is currently working to mitigate those concerns, which largely focus around trying to transition the Switch’s record-setting userbase to the company’s next platform.
While talking about maintaining a strong flow of software and other content for the Switch, Furukawa mentioned the console’s instant success at launch and hybrid nature has allowed Nintendo to focus all of its efforts and resources to support a single platform for the first time since the company launched its first handheld in 1989. However, as the company has learned in the past, one successful console does not mean the next piece of hardware will succeed.
“The question of whether we will be able to just as smoothly transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation of hardware is a major concern for us,” Furukawa said via VGC. “Based on our experiences with the Wii, Nintendo DS, and other hardware, it is very clear that one of the major obstacles is how to easily transition from one hardware to the next.”
While Nintendo has yet to even broach the topic of new hardware releasing anytime soon, preferring to continue pushing the three Switch models currently on the market, Furukawa did note the company is looking to solve this transitional problem while the Switch is still Nintendo’s main focus.
Right now, Nintendo is working on “building long-term relationships” with its customers that will it continues launching software on the Switch and provides other services that use Nintendo Accounts and other IP in various ways. This is being done with the intent to create a “lasting impact” on customers.
In the company’s financial report for Q4 2021, Nintendo announced the Switch had surpassed 107 million units sold and forecasted it will ship around 21 million through the fiscal year ending on March 31. The company also recorded its highest level of software sell-through for a single family of the company’s hardware ever last year.
Even before this new milestone was reached, the Switch surpassed the Wii to become the company’s best-selling home console, and, should the company achieve that 21 million console prediction in 2022, it will surpass the Game Boy family too.
That level of success is something Nintendo wants to maintain and the company’s current focus on doing so moving forward while still supporting the Switch is no surprise, especially when taking into account the drop in users it experienced while transitioning from the Wii to Wii U and DS to 3DS.
You can read the full translation and additional comments on VGC, along with further details on a potential timeline for the Switch’s eventual successor.