Shuntaro Furukawa, the president of Nintendo, has made it clear that creating a successor to the Nintendo Switch or cutting the console’s price is not in the company’s current plans. These revelations, which will come as welcome news to anyone that has recently bought a Nintendo Switch, came during a brief interview with The Sankei News (via Nintendo Everything).
In the interview, Furukawa was asked about his goal to sell 20 million Nintendo Switch consoles in a financial year. As of September 2018, the Switch has sold almost 23 million units since its debut in March 2017, an impressive number but one that seems difficult to match in a single year.
“It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement,” Furukawa said. “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.”
There you have it, then: the Nintendo Switch is here to stay, and you won’t be finding it any bargain bins in the near future. This makes sense, of course, because a popular console like the Switch is something that Nintendo will want to profit from as much as it can. The Switch is still in its boom phase, it would seem, so moving onto something else isn’t yet necessary.
That said, there are rumors going around that Nintendo is preparing to release an updated version of the Switch this year currently nicknamed the “Switch 2.0.” Nintendo hasn’t confirmed those plans, so take that with a grain of salt.
Furukawa went on to mention that Nintendo will also continue to produce content for mobile devices. He didn’t give an update on the previously announced Mario Kart Tour, though.
“Smartphone gaming for us is not a business where we sell our consumers a product once and that’s the majority of it,” Furukawa said. “Our operational model is to continue to build a relationship with our consumers. It is very different from what we do with our dedicated gaming hardware, so we are in the midst of accumulating experiences in this field. We certainly want to release games across a wide variety of genres. We want this to continue to be one means of supporting our pillars of revenue.”
We’ll keep you updated on all things Nintendo as we hear more about the company’s plans.