The Switch has been doing very well since it launched back in 2017. Naturally, Nintendo is pleased with its performance thus far. This was expressed recently by company president Shuntaro Furukawa during a recent interview with The Sankei News. During this interview, Furukawa was asked about Nintendo’s goal of selling 20 million units before the fiscal year concludes (which will be at the end of March). Rather surprisingly, Furukawa not only repeated that Nintendo intends to stick to this goal despite its difficulty, but he also happened to make mention of two interesting points: the possibility of a price-cut and talks of a successor. Rather unsurprisingly, Furukawa dismissed both thoughts, simply stating that Nintendo is “not considering” either of these.
This March, the Switch will officially turn two years old. Seeing that it’s been selling well at $300, it’s no wonder why Nintendo doesn’t intend to drop its price; perhaps this could change in 2020, but for now, don’t wait up. On that note, it’s still very much too early to be discussing a successor. Nintendo is very much likely well into development of its next system, but we shouldn’t expect to hear about it in an official capacity until not too long before launch. After all, the Switch was revealed and released all within the span of less than six months. So, if the Switch lives out a normal console lifecycle (five or six years), we shouldn’t expect to be completely replaced until about 2022 or 2023.
Here’s Mr. Furukawa’s full statement:
It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement. So, we will maintain this goal. Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time.
Nintendo Everything translated the rest of the interview. There are a few more interesting points that Furukawa discusses, such as the year-end sales of the Switch, mobile games, and Nintendo’s development workforce.