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Nintendo believes that the announcement of the new generation will have no impact on Switch sales

Nintendo believes that the announcement of the new generation will have no impact on Switch sales
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Nintendo president Shuntaro Furakawa was asked if he thought the announcement of a “successor to the Nintendo Switch” — which was made in the wake of the latest financial report — would impact the Switch’s current sales momentum.

Reply during Summary of financial resultsFurakawa admits that the sales target is high, but that “Nintendo Switch hardware sales are still relatively strong,” but that “it is becoming more difficult to maintain momentum over time.” The company expects the Switch to move another 13.5 million units during fiscal year 2025, the Switch’s eighth year on the market. This number also doesn’t take into account the Switch’s successor either, so it’s a pretty brave goal.

However, Furakawa remains optimistic about console sales, and looks to the previous year as an indicator of how the Switch will remain at the top:

“However, during last year’s holiday season, many new consumers chose the Nintendo Switch system for the first time, especially children and families in markets outside Japan. We will be releasing new titles this fiscal year, and in addition, many people have watched the Super Mario Bros. movie . has been released across various mediums since its theatrical release, so with factors like this, we believe we will be able to continue to generate new demand.

Also, there is a large catalog of existing Nintendo Switch games, so if we can effectively convey the appeal of these evergreen titles, we believe we can also follow the demand for multiple systems in the same home, born from the unique value of the Nintendo Switch.”

Fiscal 2025 may look lighter in terms of release, but the remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, and Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition should bring in some decent numbers for the system.

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Even with these titles, Furakawa realizes that reaching the expected number of 13.5 million will be difficult, but it is a challenge that the company has set for itself. However, the company does not believe that the Nintendo Switch successor announcement will impact Switch sales:

“We do not believe that the announcement of the Nintendo Switch successor and related future communications will have any impact on Nintendo Switch sales. However, we hope to maximize sales in this fiscal year by maintaining a good balance between new demand and demand for multiple systems.” Our hardware sales forecast of 13.5 million units for the fiscal year will not be easy to achieve, but with the goal of challenging ourselves, we have set this number as our initial guidance for the fiscal year.