Monday, February 3, 2020

Nintendo Isn't Worried About PS5, Xbox Series X

How will the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X affect the sales of the Nintendo Switch when they launch in Holiday 2020? According to Nintendo, not that much, actually.

This is what Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said during the Japanese Q&A section (translated by VGC) of the investors meeting the company held last week.

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“We will explain the specific figures for the next fiscal year in our next fiscal year announcement, but I think there will certainly be a change in the environment as new products of our competitors appear,” Furukawa said.

He then explained the reason for this thinking is that there isn't much audience crossover between those two next-gen consoles and the Nintendo Switch, saying “we do not believe that the business trends of other companies will have a significant impact on our business.”

In another response, Furukawa said that the Nintendo Switch is about halfway through its life cycle. As the Switch was released in March 2017, what Furukawa says here could indicate that Nintendo don't plan on releasing a new console until 2023.

Considering that the Switch has now reached over 50 million sales, surpassing the Super Nintendo's lifetime sales, there's plenty of reason for Nintendo to be confident in its latest console.

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Plus, Nintendo has just revealed a new Animal Crossing: New Horizons special edition Nintendo Switch, which is due out on March 13, 2020 and will probably sell like mad. Previously, there had been rumours of a Nintendo Switch Pro model due out this year, but Nintendo has now squashed those rumours.

What Nintendo has in store for the rest of 2020 is a bit of a mystery. But we know that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3 are still on the way - though not necessarily in 2020.

Hopefully our list of Nintendo Switch games coming out in 2020 expands soon.

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Chris Priestman is a freelancer who writes news for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.


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