Nintendo Weary of its Transition to the Nintendo Switch’s Successor, Whatever that May be

By answering a question during an investor Q&A (thanks, VGC), nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that any transition from the current hugely successful nintendo switch whatever the company’s next major technology piece, would be “a major concern for [Nintendo]”.

“Based on our experiences with the Wii, Nintendo DS and other hardware, it’s very clear that one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how to easily switch between hardware.

“To help mitigate this risk, we focus on building long-term relationships with our customers. As we continue to release new software on the Nintendo Switch, we will also provide services that also use Nintendo Accounts and other IP addresses outside of gaming software. We want this to help create a lasting impact with our customers,” he said.

There’s no hiding behind the numbers when you look at how the transition from Wii’s The Big N to Wii U was, but this particular example must also take into account Ninty’s very late leap from an SD console to HD. In today’s environment, there’s no significant impediment outside of a more cloud-oriented experience, where online connection is a bigger factor. (Another area that Nintendo has notoriously been slow to not only embrace, but really get behind.)

Currently, Nintendo is committed to getting the most out of Nintendo Switch, having recently suggested that we’re only halfway there when it comes to lifespan, which means any new hardware company is still far.

“Hardware and software development teams are in the same building, communicating closely and thinking about how we can deliver new forms of entertainment,” Furukawa added. “To create a single material, you have to prepare a lot of years in advance, so you work non-stop. In the end, what decides whether or not to market a product is whether it can create a new experience.”

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