Nintendo president concerned about how to transition large Switch user base over to next-gen hardware


Nintendo president, Shuntaro Furukawa, has spoken to investors about one of the company’s biggest concerns about their next generation hardware platform. Speaking to investors, Mr. Furukawa said that one of the big obstacles they will need to overcome is how to bring the Nintendo Switch‘s huge user base over to their next generation video game system. This has been a major problem for Nintendo in the past more-so than Sony with their PlayStation brand and Microsoft with their Xbox brand. The Kyoto-based company is known for having a hugely successful console and then following it up with a console which isn’t sought after by the consumers.

“We have already announced a portion of our software roadmap releasing up to next spring,” he said. “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.”


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