Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Wants To Support Nintendo Switch For More Than Five To Six Years

Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima recently took part in an interview with Japanese financial paper Nikkei where he stated that Nintendo wants to continue selling the Nintendo Switch for more than five to six years. Typically, Nintendo consoles don’t see a lifespan exceeding six years. Some examples include the GameCube (2001 – 2006), Wii (2006 – 2012), and Wii U (2012 – 2017).

It’ll be interesting to see just how Nintendo will continue to breathe new life into the console/handheld hybrid. With the likes of new ventures like Labo, extremely strong and continuous Indie support and the promise of great first party games like Pokemon in the near future, we shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

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    1. id prefer they not do that honestly, id rather buy a system once and have its features complete without worrying about “the new switch, new switch XL, new switch lite etc” having exclusives.

      to this day i still dont understand why people accept this….. lits like how apple handles iphones.

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      1. I agree with some of that but you have to take in account that most 3rd parties may request more power down the road. Nintendo wants the Switch to be attracting to a broad amount of gamers and what better way to do that by making a more powerful version of it so that more 3rd parties will have little excuses as to not bring more games in the future to the system. Just because there’s a more powerful Switch on the market doesn’t mean that the base model will go away or not be supported.

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      2. I agree with there about exclusives. I guess what I’m imagining is more like how the PS4 Pro and XBox One X are just stronger versions of the PS4 and XBO. So the “Switch Pro” I want would NOT have exclusives over the standard Switch, it would just be able to play games at a higher resolution and/or frame rate

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      3. I completely agree that any upgrade to a particular system should not suddenly segregate their existing user base, and alienate some from enjoying exclusive games. I’m not a fan of this strategy.
        However, I fully support future upgrades when done tastefully, for practical reasons and without being a blatant money grab. It allows them a chance to improve the idea by correcting some mistakes or flaws. When executed well a fresh coat of paint and some added bells and whistles, provides an added push to the lifespan and serves to expand the existing user base. The best example of this is the original DS to DS lite. Are you kidding me? Imagine if we’d all been stuck with the original “ugly as sin” DS without the upgrade. It would not have achieved nearly the amount of interest and sales it did. The switch esthetic doesn’t need an upgrade as bad as the DS did but its far from perfect. I’d love to see a switch 2.0 with improved battery life, a redesigned kick stand, and a larger hard drive. I dont currently own one so I can’t think of anything else I might add but those example immediately jump out at me.

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  1. Given where the console is power-wise and the fact that PS4 and Xbox One are already over 4 years old and will be probably ending their lifespan within 5-6 years I think Nintendo are going to find it very hard to prolong the Switch’s life for any longer than that. We’ll see, there’s a lot of things that might change in the next few years.

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    1. Not to mention that we probally get one more gen on the Playstation and Xbox before home consoles are taken over by a streaming box. Now that I think of it , that might safe Nintendo and make them return to there past glory. If streaming boxes become a thing, graphics will always be top notch and devolpers will always be able to build there games with current tech, not last years or older.

      I’m still not sure how Nintendo will facilitate this , microsoft already had the infrastructure , and I remember that Sony bought a huge server park or something like that some years ago, but Nintendo doesn’t have anything like this there online system is already really poor.

      My nephew and I did discuss Nintendo’s relationship with Apple ( Super Mario Run apple exclusive in the beginning and such) , wich might be a option for Nintendo cause apple does have the power for such a streaming service ones the tech is there.

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    2. graphics dont matter and the switch proves this several of its games dont look too different than the competition. its up to the developers and if they see profit it will be done. and besides the switch has a great selling point being a home system and handheld it will tide them over for quite some time. i believe Nintendo will send out a true home system when the time is right and it could catch them back up to the competitors yet still have compatibility to the switch.

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      1. A stronger console means easier to port means more games means more fun. Developers have said time and time again that releasing games on a Nintendo console costs way more money cause they have to use special controls and downgraded games. The selling point you mention is exactly the reason why I wont buy it , I prefer a powerfull home console and not spend extra money because of the portable part that I’m personally not intrested in to begin with. The Gameboy was my first console ever just before the Nes. It gave me allot of joy just like the Advanced and the Ds but those days are over. If I want to play something portable I got a phone or tablet. 4k tv’s and a good sound system are perfect for home consoles.

        No matter how you put it better graphics give a game something extra , In Horizon Zero dawn I often stood still on a mountain or whatever just to enjoy the scenery wich I can’t say for Breath of the wild (and Zelda is my lifetime nr1 franchise so this means allot coming from me) It’s the same as saying 4k or blu ray movies aren’t superior and you might aswell watch video tape quality , or 320kps music doesn’t sound better than 120kps. Breath of the wild deserves a 10 don’t get me wrong but with graphics like Horizon it could have been a 10+.Personally I like perfection and not 99% instead of 100% specially with things that have a special place in my heart like Nintendo franchises.

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      1. Again I still play the 8 bit and Snes but the gamecube doesn’t have GTA5 , Witcher , Dark Souls , Metal Gear Solid , Tomb Raider , Monster Hunter World , Overwatch , CoD , Battlefield , Modern FIFA and other sports , Dragon Age and many more. Neather does the Switch btw.

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      2. That’s not a good thing. That means Sony can sell their latest while Nintendo doesn’t.
        But honestly I think the PS3 had a lasting run, especially overseas since they don’t get the latest console immediately due to pricing.

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  2. Wii U was in reality 2012 – 2016. Only 4 years. Even counting 2017 it’s less than 5 years.

    But if you look to handheld you have 3DS (2011-2018, 7 years), Nintendo DS (2004-2012, 8 years).

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    1. Depends on what you mean. If you mean an upgraded Switch model 2 that plays the same games but is significantly more powerful, than yes. That’s a real possibility. If you mean a Switch 2 that plays a whole new platform of games, that is WAY too soon. There is too much inherent risk in creating a platform to abandon it so quickly after success.

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      1. The problem with releasing a Switch Pro-like upgrade is that a dev already have to support two configurations on the Switch. Releasing an upgraded Switch that shares the same library would force developers to support 3 or 4 configurations depending on whether or not the new portable mode matches up with the current docked mode or not.

        I’m a firm believer that the reason most AAA games don’t come out on Switch is that the handheld mode is about 1/12th the performance of other systems. The docked mode is like 1/4 or 1/5th the performance of other systems so that’s more manageable but having to support the handheld mode is a stretch.

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      2. To myownfriend,

        There’s no difference in making a game between PS4 and PS4 Pro. In that case, it would be very difficult to create a game on PC because of all the different types of computers out there. The only difference is possible between a line – 10 lines of code that affect the quality and performance. They’re not porting it to another console. They’re making it for the same console, just two different qualities. Simple.

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      3. “The problem with releasing a Switch Pro-like upgrade is that a dev already have to support two configurations on the Switch. Releasing an upgraded Switch that shares the same library would force developers to support 3 or 4 configurations depending on whether or not the new portable mode matches up with the current docked mode or not.”

        The exact same game on PC supports literally thousands of potential hardware combinations. The idea that 3 is too much is a bit of a stretch.

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  3. It’s possible considering how well the 3DS has done, but I think it’ll need that upgraded version like the New 3DS’ in order to stretch out that lifespan. I’ll play it as long as it keeps churning out good games lol

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  4. While I like the idea, I’d rather they try to do that with a console that’s ahead of the curve in terms of power to begin with, rather than slightly behind. I’ll defend all over the place that the power gap at the moment is insigificant, but the longer the Switch is around the less true that argument becomes. The PS4, which is more powerful than the Switch by a margin, is already inadequately powerful for the likes of Tekken 7 touranaments. Where we’ll be in half a decade is anyone’s guess.

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  5. I don’t know if it can resist for tooooo long time like this.. I’d like it to live that too but people will demand a machine more powered, some are already wanting a powerful one for today, but for a handheld, I think it’s hard or it would cost a lot more if it was more powerful in the present day, but in 5 years it would be beareable. Well, I dunno, time will come.

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  6. I imagine that there will most likely be revisions of the Switch which is why Nintendo wants it to last so long. I think a Switch being 1080p in portable mode and capable of checkerboard 4K resolutions while docked may happen in the next 2 to 3 years seeing as how fast mobile technology is evolving. I certainly don’t think the base model of the Switch won’t be a focus for Nintendo once the more powerful revision starts taking off but the games will still be able to run on it……just at lower resolutions and fps obviously

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  7. I can see the Switch living 6-7 years, but they will need a new console halfway through the PS5 life cycle, the Switch is struggling to get games from this current gen, no way they will get ports from the next PS/XB hardware new gen hardware.

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  8. All I can say is more than 6 years would be pushing it for the Switch since it’s still behind the PS4 & XBox One even without the upgraded systems especially if the next gen PlayStation and/or Xbox comes out in the next 1-3 years, so unless they intend to do an upgraded Switch in 3 years, they are gonna be left further in the dust in terms of power. While power isn’t everything, Nintendo still shouldn’t risk being more than half a decade behind the competition.

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