Nintendo will be holding its own (with sheer confidence) against the inbound next-generation consoles. While Sony and Microsoft will be ushering a new era of technological marvel during the holiday season, Nintendo believes that it has nothing to fear from either PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.
In a recent earnings call, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa told investors (via GameRant) that the next-generation consoles and Switch will have different target audiences. Hence, the company doesn’t believe that the “business trends of other companies [Sony, Microsoft] will have a significant impact on our [Nintendo] business” — at least for the foreseeable future.
What Furukawa told investors is not some carefully hidden secret. Nintendo has always focused family-oriented fun gameplay over raw hardware horsepower. The old Wii was a testament to this and how Nintendo managed one of its most successful console in history and that too against PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hence, seeing Nintendo hold its own against next-generation consoles is just the company’s confidence in its own offerings. That you won’t find the Nintendo experience on either PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.
The Switch has been out for nearly four years. There were rumors that a new Switch model may release later in the year but those rumors have now gone silent. Considering how well the Switch has been doing, there may not even be a need for another model or variant.
Last week, Nintendo confirmed that Pokemon Sword and Shield have sold over 16.06 million copies as of December 31, 2019. Take note that Sword and Shield were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. They saw an almost instant success, having sold over 6 million copies in the first week alone. The following holiday month to conclude 2019 resulted in a massive boost to sales worldwide and pushed the latest installments past the 16 million threshold.
Should Nintendo manage to hit the magical 20 million threshold with Sword and Shield, the latest installments will become the third best-selling Pokemon games in history.