IGN reports on the recent Nintendo Investor call that the venerable game maker plans to keep the Switch around for longer than the 5-6 year window. Not a big shocker, given the huge success of their latest console. From the post:
“Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that.”
Miyamoto also touched on plans for their “marketing strategy… to instill a desire to purchase Nintendo Switch among a wide consumer base” all around the world, citing the portability of the console as its “biggest attraction.”
That shouldn’t be a big problem for them. But I do wonder what that means for the 3DS platform. Some fourteen years ago one of my good friends observed they (Nintendo) “make handhelds now.” Meaning, of course, the handheld market was their only viable space to operate in. The Wii was the farthest thing from anybody’s mind in 2004 (remember Revolution?) but he had a point.
How will the Switch hold up against the next round of so-called “core” systems in the 2019-2020 cycle? The “play anywhere” mantra is going well for them, but as always the devil will be in the games. 2017 will go down in their history as one of the strongest years for first party games. What’s in the pipe beyond Metroid Prime 4 for the U.S. audience? I sense some more exclusivity coups coming in the future.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!