Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017, and Nintendo says it will have a longer life cycle than its previous home consoles. At the beginning of the year the company spoke of “redefining what a console life cycle means”, and in May 2020 they insisted that it is barely in the middle of this term, time in which they have sold 93 million Nintendo Switch . In a recent question and answer session, President Shuntaro Furukawa said that there are no plans for a successor at this time thanks to the strong momentum and current success.
“We cannot talk about the next system at this time. We are in the fifth year since the launch of Nintendo Switch and the hardware sold exceeds 90 million units. We recognize that the system is in the middle of its business cycle. The launch of the Nintendo Switch OLED model has contributed to the sales momentum and we are offering consumers three Switch models to suit their gaming and lifestyle styles, as well as an extensive catalog of games. With this, we believe a foundation has been laid for growth that exceeds what we previously considered a conventional hardware life cycle. “
The NES / Famicom (1983), the 8-bit console, is the company’s longest-running home platform before receiving a successor, Super Nintendo (1990).
The tireless rumors of a more powerful version
Some media have long talked about a mid-cycle review similar to PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, something that Nintendo has denied it on numerous occasions. Now some sources speak of a transformation of that model – which would not make sense given the sales of the console – for a sequel more oriented to 4K through DLSS that would also receive some exclusive games to take advantage of its power. But again Nintendo’s official message is that there are no short-term plans to launch a new console.