If people were hoping Nintendo would be getting close to announcing a completely new console, then you’re in for a letdown. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa believes the Switch is “just in the middle of its lifecycle.”
During Nintendo’s earnings call, Furukawa shared that the Switch has surpassed 100 million units sold, making it the best-selling home console for the company. The Switch’s aging hardware and ongoing global chip shortage hasn’t appeared to bother Furukawa. “Switch is just in the middle of its lifecycle, and the momentum going into this year is good,” he stated during an interview with Bloomberg. “The Switch is ready to break a pattern of our past consoles that saw momentum weakening in their sixth year on the market and grow further.”
Despite his confidence, Bloomberg reports that Nintendo has nevertheless cut its fourth-quarter sales outlook from 24 million to 23 million, due to the global supply chain shortages. However, the Switch is still expected to keep a great lead ahead of its competitors, as Sony and Microsoft are struggle with supply as well.
Nintendo consoles are typically released every five or six years, so the Switch–which initially released in 2017–is coming in on what would be usually be considered its final years. Furukawa’s words could indicate a longer wait time to see information about the new hardware, or he’s simply saying he will support the Switch well into the lifecycle of the next console.