Console makers can have an enormously successful generation, but to do it again and repeat the success is a very difficult thing. Some big names have even gone out of business after consecutive failures. Saturn and Sega’s Dreamcast come to mind in this regard, while other names might find great success and not continue.
Microsoft’s most successful console to date has been the Xbox 360, but it failed to capitalize on the subsequent Xbox One. Meanwhile, Sony couldn’t replicate the PS2’s stellar popularity with the PS3, and Nintendo couldn’t come close to matching the Wii with the Wii U. But it seems that Nintendo is very aware of this conundrum.
In an interview with CNET, former Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aimé spoke about how Nintendo plans to succeed the Switch, which has been a stellar success for the Kyoto-based gaming company (via Nintendo Life). “[Nintendo] also reflected in their recent financial announcements on how they’re moving from the Switch to the next platform and that it has to be a considered series of decisions,” he said.
Reggie mentioned the difficulty and brought up other console manufacturers. “Moving from one hugely successful platform to the next hugely successful platform… one can argue that this has only happened a handful of times in the video game industry. Sony has clearly gone from strength to strength from the original PlayStation to the PlayStation 2. Nintendo, from the Gameboy family of systems to the Nintendo DS. It hasn’t happened since when I look at the industry.
It’s a smart point, and with the Nintendo Switch selling over 107 million units and overtaking the Wii in the all-time list, it’s certainly a tall order to follow. But it’s definitely something fans and the entire industry will be excited to watch. As Reggie said, making a console is a challenge, but in the new interview he mentions his former employer’s determination to do it.
“For Nintendo, successfully transitioning from the Switch to what’s next will be a huge challenge that they’re already thinking deeply about,” he said. Previous predictions indicated that a new Nintendo console could launch in 2024, but nothing official has come from the console manufacturer.
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