We are just into 2019 and Games Industry has rounded up a few notable analysts to find out what will happen to the gaming landscape this year. Many are predicting more gains from Nintendo this year including the prediction that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling system in 2019, while Sony and Microsoft focus on the PlayStation 5 and next Xbox respectively. Here are the Nintendo related highlights from the interviews:
Dr. Serkan Toto, Kantan Games:
Switch Pro and Lite – While the 2019 Switch Pro has been already reported to be in development by the Wall Street Journal, I also think Nintendo will offer a “Switch Lite” (or just keep the current version at a lower price) to cover the lower end of the spectrum and offset sinking 3DS sales.
More third-party Switch software – In tandem with hardware revisions and an increasing install base, I am expecting a lot more games from third-party developers in 2019, starting in spring. At least one new game from the mega-franchises owned by EA, Activision or Take-Two will launch on Switch.
Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities:
Nintendo will launch a fully handheld version of the Switch at $199. I expect the device to have the same screen, but with Joy Cons built into the body and no docking station. Since it can’t “switch” from handheld to console, it’s hard to guess what they will call it, but let’s assume Game Boy (kidding).
Piers Harding-Rolls, IHS Markit:
Switch will be the best selling console in 2019 as PS4 and Xbox One shift into the late stage phase of their sales lifecycles. We could have several hardware announcements next year: Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation reveals, and we may get more details on how Nintendo aims to plug the gap in its portfolio left by the declining 3DS platform. One option is to do nothing and stick with the current Switch strategy. That simplifies the platform strategy but may not be the most commercially efficient. I also think we’ll hear more about a next-gen PSVR in 2019.
Mat Piscatella, The NPD Group:
In console hardware, Switch grows, leads market – I have Switch achieving more than 35 share of hardware unit sales in the US in 2019, with Pokémon and continued strength of Nintendo’s evergreen franchises driving the performance.