Now this is some interesting news that caught my attention. In a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that upgrading to a next-gen platform is a major concern to the company.
From VGC, here’s what their article reported:
We have already announced a portion of our software roadmap releasing up to next spring. Unlike the past, we continue to have a large variety of games scheduled to be released, even beyond five years of release. This is because the Nintendo Switch has had such a smooth launch, allowing us to focus all of our development resources on a single platform.
However, 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. 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.
To help alleviate this risk, we’re focusing on building long-term relationships with our customers. While we will continue launching new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IP outside of gaming software. We intend for this to help build a lasting impact with our customers.
If there’s one thing about Nintendo, their fans are always loyal and their gaming track record has always been highly reviewed. I think that Nintendo is always overthinking on doing something innovative with each generation of console, and honestly they don’t always have to do that. The Switch is already a great console and all people want from it, including me, is for it to gave new-gen software. I guess time will tell when Nintendo decides to move on from the Switch.