Nintendo has been manufacturing gaming consoles for over 40 years. However, when it comes to home consoles, they have only twice had a case where one console was more successful than the previous one. They have had such success with Wii and Switch consoles. In the case of the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii U consoles, the number of users fell compared to the previous console. This is also one of the reasons why Nintendo is now in no hurry to launch a successor to the Switch console. We know it’s in development, but Nintendo doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past this time.
Addressing investors, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa commented on the risk of switching to the new console at a time when the Switch has more than 107 million users.
“The question of whether we will be able to make a simple transition from Nintendo Switch to a new generation of hardware is a big concern for us. From our previous experience with Wii, DS, and other hardware, it is clear that such a transition is a major hurdle. To reduce risk, we focus on building long-term relationships with our customers. While we do this through new games for Switch, we will also provide services that use Nintendo user accounts and deliver their intellectual property outside of the gaming world. We intend to build a long-term relationship with customers. " - said Nintendo's president.
The moves mentioned by Furukawa certainly include Nintendo-themed amusement parks in Japan and the US, as well as an upcoming film adaptation of their most popular series - Super Mario.