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Nintendo Switch: expected drop in sales, “no new hardware”

Although the hardware of the base model is struggling, Nintendo Switch Pro will not save sales: word of a realist Shuntaro Furukawa

Despite initial skepticism, Nintendo Switch has recorded continuous sales recordsand then periodically annihilate them year after year: now the hardware has made another lap around the sun, and the “seventh year crisis” seems to be upon us. In the first quarter of 2023, the console placed three million units in gamers’ homes, joining the total set at 125 million (the latter data dates back to March 31). As always, quarter-end investor meetings never fail to deliver news, although today’s may not be the most rosy.

Nintendo Switch, sales and the absence of new hardware: “Pro a che pro?”

Over the past fiscal year, i.e. from April 2022 to March 2023, the 18 million Nintendo Switches sold represent a decrease of 22%. The forecasts of the Big N, therefore, are limited to “only” 15 million, without even too much optimism. As told by the Bloomberg economics website in its latest report, the president of the Kyoto giant Shuntaro Furukawa admitted the harsh reality of a platform ambitious enough to aim for a double life cycle: the console will slow down now that it has reached its seventh year of life, and the idea of ​​​​selling 15 million units is “a bit exaggerated”.

“Consistency in sales will be difficult to achieve in the seventh year of the console,” says Furukawa. “Our target of 15 million may be too optimistic. But we will do our best to raise demand for consoles by the holiday season in order to do that.” In all of this, Furukawa specifically denied rumors of new hardware for the current fiscal year (until next March). Despite this, there is still talk of a successor for the console being worked on by the Kyotense company. The upcoming Tears of the Kingdom appears to be the last big release, and rumors about the absence of a Direct for the month of June seem to corroborate the indiscretion.

Now it’s up to you to tell us yours: how much “drought” do you expect in terms of news from the Grande N? Let us know below, and as always, don’t forget to stay on for all the most important news for gamers and more. For your purely gaming needs, you can instead find the best discounts in digital format on Kinguin.

Stefania Romagnoli is a dedicated writer who delves into the world of video game news. With a profound passion for gaming, Stefania keeps readers informed and up-to-date on the latest developments, announcements, and trends within the gaming industry.