Since the early 1980s, Nintendo has served as a hallmark publisher and one of the most recognizable video game studios in existence. By producing some of the best-selling video game hardware of all time, Nintendo has gained a great deal of influence over the gaming community. That said, the studio has made its fair share of mistakes regarding some pieces of hardware, but thankfully, it seems the studio is taking steps to not repeat those mistakes.
Despite boasting an impressive library of games, the Wii U was, to all intents and purposes, a commercial failure. After being discontinued just five years after its initial release, the Wii U was quickly superseded by the release of the Nintendo Switch. While the reasons why the Wii U failed vary wildly, Nintendo is certainly aware of most of them, and according to the studio’s president, future hardware will be built with those failures in mind.
During a QnA financial briefing, when Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked how Nintendo will leave the Switch once the studio decides to release new hardware, he stated that the studio wants the transition to next-gen hardware to be “as smooth as possible.” as possible.” Going from the Wii to the Wii U, and by extension the DS to the 3DS, there were definitely some noticeable growing pains.
It’s important to note that Furukawa didn’t directly confirm the development of any new gaming hardware, but it’s certainly good to know that Nintendo is being a bit more tactful in terms of releasing new technology. For many handheld owners, the Nintendo 3DS was a nice enough system, but the 3D implementation caused a lot of problems during the first days of its release and it wasn’t used very effectively in most other games.
Over the past few decades, there have been numerous instances of Nintendo hardware failing, but the success the studio has garnered from other companies and systems has managed to overshadow less successful consoles. However, it looks like Nintendo will continue to support the Switch and its users for years to come, something Furukawa reinforced during the briefing. Furukawa stated that Nintendo is “focusing on building long-term relationships with (its) consumers.”
In any case, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Nintendo hardware going forward. It seems unlikely that any new hardware will be released any time soon, but it’s possible that Nintendo could launch a different variation of the Nintendo Switch similar to the Nintendo Switch OLED in the coming months.
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