Console makers can have a hugely successful generation, but to do it again and repeat the success is very hard to do. Some big names have even gone out of business after successive failures. Sega’s Saturn and Dreamcast come to mind in this regard, while other names may have one big hit and fail to follow suit.
Microsoft’s most successful console to date was the Xbox 360, but it failed to take advantage of the next Xbox One. Meanwhile, Sony couldn’t replicate the PS2’s extraordinary popularity with the PS3, and Nintendo couldn’t come close to the Wii with the Wii U. But it seems Nintendo is well aware of this conundrum.
In an interview with CNET, former Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aimé spoke about how Nintendo plans to succeed the Switch, which was a notable success for the Kyoto game company (via Nintendo Life). †[Nintendo] also recently touched upon in their financial announcements, thinking deeply about how they move from the Switch to whatever the next platform should be, and how that should be an informed set of decisions,” he said.
Reggie mentioned the difficulty of this and brought up other console manufacturers. “Going from one very successful platform to the next very successful platform… you can make the argument that it has only been done a few times in the video game industry. Sony, from the original PlayStation to PlayStation 2, clearly went into effect power. Nintendo, from the Gameboy family of systems to the Nintendo DS. It hasn’t been done since, when I look at the industry”.
It’s an astute point, and given the Nintendo Switch has sold over 107 million units and overtook the Wii in the all-time list, it’s certainly a tall order to track. But it’s definitely something fans, and the wider industry, will be looking at closely. As Reggie has said before, making a console is challenging, but in the new interview he mentions his former employer’s decision to do so.
“For Nintendo to successfully move from the Switch to what comes next will be a big challenge that they already said they are thinking deeply about,” he said. Earlier predictions indicated that a new Nintendo console may launch in 2024, but nothing official has come from the console maker yet.
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