As rumors about a Switch successor continue to gain momentum, despite carefully worded rebuffs from Nintendo, the Mario maker has said it will continue to release titles for its current console “without being bound by the traditional concept of the platform life cycle”.
Nintendo made the statement (thanks GameInformer) as part of its latest earnings report – in which it also confirmed that Switch sales have now surpassed 132 million units – writing: “Switch will enter its eighth year in March 2024. We will continue to release new titles. and content for Nintendo Switch without being bound by the traditional concept of the platform lifecycle. »
The bottom line (which isn’t the same as confirmation, of course) is that if a Switch successor were to launch next year, as is widely reported, Nintendo won’t consider it an end-of-life for its existing machine. Perhaps this isn’t much of a surprise given that a significant number of current Switch owners are clamoring for new content with no immediate plans to upgrade, but it’s something of a departure from its traditional release strategy.
In the past, the launch of next-generation Nintendo hardware has seen the company focus almost immediately on its new platform, but Nintendo’s statement suggests it will take a different approach this time around. Whether this could mean a cross-gen release approach similar to that initially favored by Sony and Microsoft this generation, or two separate release lines, remains to be seen.
Nintendo has already announced a solid lineup of Switch titles through at least the summer of next year – including Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Princess Peach: Showtime!, Another Code Recollection and Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, with titles like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door HD and Metroid Prime 4 are also on the way – and the company said its goal is to “minimize the decline you typically see in the last year of a cycle and early of another “. His latest statement indicating continued support for Switch, vague as it may be, perhaps offers another clue as to how he plans to achieve this.