In a recent investor QA, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa claims that the Nintendo Switch, which launched in 2017, is only halfway through its lifecycle.
“We are not able to comment about the next game system at this time. It is now the fifth year since the launch of Nintendo Switch, and the total hardware sell-through has exceeded 90 million units. We recognize that the system is at the mid-point of its lifecycle. The launch of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model has also been contributing to continued sales momentum and we are now offering consumers three Nintendo Switch models to match their play styles and lifestyles, as well as a wide range of software.
With this, we believe a foundation for growth has been laid that exceeds what we previously considered to be a conventional hardware lifecycle. With regards to the next game system, we are considering many different things, but as far as the concept and launch timing are concerned, there is nothing we can share at this time.”
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa
This of course does not necessarily mean that a successor to the Switch is not in the works. It also does not mean that we need to wait another five years for a Nintendo console as there is no doubt there will be overlap. This is just your regular run-of-the-mill crap corporations say in investor calls.
I questioned the value of this cost since the libraries are currently limited, but it also appears that some of the better games are suffering from quality issues. This is no bueno.
The Nintendo Switch version looks like ass. Games like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64 are suffering from stuttering, input lag, and framerate issues. Mario Kart 64, which allows you to play online also appears to be suffering from latency issues.
Gamers have also been complaining about the inability to remap Switch controls to mimic those on the N64. The original N64 controller was very unique, so remapping to the Switch is quite the challenge, but it appears that users do not have the ability to reconfigure to their own liking in settings.
I’m sure Nintendo will work on fixing these issues over time, but I can totally understand the disappointment for those who jumped on this early. A lot of this should have been taken care of prior to launch.
Sources within Chinese supply chains are claiming that an “improved” Nintendo Switch is in the works with a planned launch of early 2021.
IGN, via VGC, via Taipei tech site Economic Daily News, are reporting that the new Switch model will feature upgraded “interactivity” and improved display.
This can simply turn out to a better, more efficient screen, and less shitty Joy-Cons, that don’t suffer from drift. Perhaps Nintendo is streamlining their production, leading to more efficiency, and cost improvements, maximizing profits.
Whatever the case, it does not appear to be the often rumored Switch Pro. Nintendo is making enough money on the regular Switch and Switch Lite, given that they are sold out everywhere, so why rush?
Nintendo has not officially distributed goods and services in Brazil since 2015, but that will be coming to an end soon.
The Nintendo Switch, which was released over three years ago is making it to the land that gave us Pelé, the thong, Carnival, cheap plastic surgery, and my personal favorite, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Importation tariffs in Brazil can range anywhere from 20% to 50%, which made the cost of doing business in the country cost prohibitive for Nintendo.
Nintendo fans in Brazil have been forced to import or purchase through shady resellers. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lowered taxes on games on 2019, giving Nintendo the opportunity to re-enter Brazil, which is the world’s 8th largest economy.
Stuck at home, social distancing with nothing to do? Thinking about getting a Nintendo Switch to pass the time? Well, you’re going to pay through the nose. Turns out that toilet paper and hand sanitizer are not the only hot items being hoarded during the pandemic.
Retailers like Walmart, Target, and Gamestop are reporting the console as sold out. Meanwhile, 3rd party sellers on Amazon and eBay are taking advantage of the situation by marking up the 3-year-old console up to 50%.
Interestingly, the PS4 and Xbox One seem to be readily available.
There you have it. The Nintendo Switch is the console of choice for global pandemics.
According to DIGITIMES, “Nintendo is reportedly planning to release in mid-2020 a new model of Switch, which will begin volume production at the end of first-quarter 2020, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain.”
Rumors of a Switch “Pro” have existed back when there was talk of a Switch Lite, which ultimately came true. Now it appears that we have a new, more powerful Switch entering production soon.
If rumors regrading this Switch “Pro” turn out to be true, one may expect this device to be 4K capable, with improved battery life, and perhaps lager capacity game carts.