Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has been interviewed by UK news publication The Daily Mail. Mr. Bowser was asked when we should expect the next Nintendo Switch system to arrive, to which he replied that although they are approaching the Switch’s seventh year on the market “we are still feeling very bullish about Nintendo Switch.” He then talked briefly about what’s next for the company and said “even going into year seven we feel very confident that the Switch can have a strong performance over the next few years” he then said that “we look at always is how can we surprise and delight. How can we introduce new unique ways of playing. That´s always in front of our mind.” So make of that what you will.
Q: When is the next Switch coming out? What kinds of features or new capabilities would you like to see?
“As we enter the seventh year for the Nintendo Switch, sales are still strong. I think we still have a very very strong lineup coming. As Mr. Furukawa (Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa) said recently, we´re entering uncharted territory with the platform. It´s exciting to see that demand is still there. So nothing to announce on any future console or device, but we are still feeling very bullish about Nintendo Switch.
I should be careful about what I personally would like to see (in a new Switch). But what I can share is that one of the reasons that even going into year seven we feel very confident that the Switch can have a strong performance over the next few years is that it is still truly that unique device that you can play in a variety of ways, at home, on the go. One of the things we look at always is how can we surprise and delight. How can we introduce new unique ways of playing. That´s always in front of our mind.”
I won’t read too much into this – it appears clear that Nintendo will deny the existence of new hardware until they are ready to officially announce it. Doug Bowser could say this today and the Switch 2 could be announced tomorrow.
With Switch sales slowing down and the hardware really showing its age at this point, I honestly think Nintendo would be foolish to not release a new console in the next 18 months or so. Perhaps the fabled Switch Pro could buy them a bit more time but either way, I don’t think the Switch as we know it can be successful in 2025.
Yeah. Plenty of people don’t have that same sense of wonder with the Switch as they did back when it first released, myself included. I’m fine with 780p resolution but prefer 1080p, but the major thing for me now is framerate and overall performance. I’m tired of playing modern games at 30fps when I can super easily play them on my pc or PlayStation at 60fps. I’m still bummed that BotW runs at 30fps then dips in some areas. Honestly, I’d get a Steam Deck if I liked the button layout more
I mean the PS4 and Xbox One are a decade and really show their age and they still get games, shouldn’t we move on from them?
I mean, it’s obvious they’re working on the follow-up system, whatever form that takes. but until then, until they’re ready to announce something, they’re going to continue to push with the Switch so this line of response is expected till then.
It doesn’t feel like the Switch is that old to me. And we’re getting Pikmin 4 and a new Zelda this year so it doesn’t seem like software is drying up either.
Sure, but those are both coming out by summer. We know nothing about any first-party Switch games past July, only that games that are already released will still see support, i.e. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 3.
I know they won’t say anything about the existence of the follow up platform, but Nintendo Switch does indeed has very strong sales and high demand depending on the Switch performance. Whatever Nintendo decides to announce there next machine, they are going to move forward with there plans once a few preparations is complete.
Basically the switch is safe, and they are going to continue it as long as possible. I can see this statement meaning another 4 years, They clearly have a good game line up they are not wanting to tell us about, but on the whole it seems like a lot of fun, mystery, and mystique ahead 😊
Guys the switch isn’t going anywhere. Sales are slowing down, of course they are.
They still sell thousands weekly and Nintendo will want to get as close to that magic 150mil figure.
All I want from next gen Nintendo is a true system where all my back catalogue can seamlessly migrate to the next console. Nintendos whole online Ethos is atrocious.
Nintendo has always said one thing and done another when it comes to consoles. And he didn’t say the next console wasn’t coming, he just said Switch will continue to sell. They might for example keep it as an handheld and focus more on stationary Switch which could accompany today’s Switch. Sure as heck don’t hope so, I rather want something as next gen as they can manage and have backwards compatibility instead.
The fact they keep saying they’re always looking for new ways to surprise and delight their audience is worrisome. The Switch worked because the gimmicks took a back seat this generation. The biggest gimmick wasn’t even really a gimmick. The hybrid nature made the device easy to play anytime anywhere. Play on the big screen at home or play it like a handheld on the go. Many of us are still hoping the next platform is another hybrid without any weird gimmicks. Also that they finally solve the drift issue.
I’m going to worry if they show us some weird controller or try shoehorning motion controls into our favorite games again. Or worse introduce some new gimmick that I can’t yet fathom that complicates how I want to play a game.
I wish they’d stop focusing on Gimmicks. Although Switching from handheld to Home Console is nice. I loved the Wii but every time I play a Switch game with any type of gimmicky control scheme, even in just part of a game I hate it. I also heard that Switch Cartridges may only have a lifespan of 15 years before going bad?, CDs are more affordable and can last hundreds of year. I’d just like to play my Nintendo games normally, with a normal controller on a normal system. We don’t buy Nintendo consoles because ooh, the Joycon has a camera and sensor built in. We buy Nintendo consoles because if the games. Also I miss how in the GameCube controller you could lightly push on the shoulder buttons or push more to have different effects and actions in games.
Where did you hear about switch cartridges going bad after 15 years?
That seems bonkers
@Gary Diane Cross
“I wish they’d stop focusing on Gimmicks.”
Dude, the PS5 and Series X/S are gimmicks and have gimmicks as well. The biggest gimmick is using M.2 NVMe drives, one in the console (PS5) and one as external (Series X). By your logic both Sony and Microsoft should also stop focusing on gimmicks.
Skywalker. Using drives is not a gimmick. Nearly every piece of hardware uses tech from other manufacturers.
Did you just equate a storage device to a gameplay gimmick? If you want to trash someone’s opinion of being tired of Ninty’s gimmicks, at least go after the PSVR2.
When he says “Strong Performance over the next few years” he likely isn’t just referring to the system sales, he also is likely referring to the sales of games which given how well the Nintendo Switch is doing, it actually would make sense for it to still perform well even if it’s just with new games.
You know, putting my Nintendo money printer’s uniform on: I think they could get away with producing two separate systems – 1 handheld, 1 traditional console, but they share the same cartridges. 1080p hh, 4k on the TV.
I think people would complain like mad, but ultimately they would buy them. They would nearly double their hardware revenues.
PJT, I like that. Now bring on the SwitchU