For the few of you out there who are hoping Nintendo is making a new console after the Nintendo Switch like other companies, think again. For some reason, there’s been a rumor over the past few weeks that the company is already making plans for their next console after the Switch to compete with whatever the next version of consoles will be from Sony and Microsoft. Anyone with a sense of business could tell you that already sounds like a stupid plan to be working on after you’ve invested so much into the current console that isn’t even two years old. But the rumor persisted enough to get commentary from president Shuntaro Furukawa.
In an interview with The Sankei News, Furukawa dismissed the idea that the company was already planning to make a successor to the Switch, or that the company was going to be slashing the price on the console. In fact, he seems happy with the console’s success. Here’s a bit of the translation going around on a couple different sites.
It seems like you had a lot of success with your year-end sales.
We had great sales for our home console, Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Party sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in just one month after its October launch. The newest entry in the Pokemon series sold 3 million copies in the first week of sales. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 5 million copies in its first week.
Could you tell us how your goal is going for the Switch to sell 20 million units within the [fiscal] year?
It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement. So, we will maintain this goal. Nintendo Switch is our primary sales objective, and we are not considering a successor or a price cut at this time.
Is it becoming progressively difficult to keep talented workers during booming economic times?
We’re increasing our intensity in the competition of acquiring highly-skilled individuals, but we are up against other sources of competitive power, so we will be tackling these situations thoroughly. Nintendo is a company in the entertainment industry and our mission is to give people a reason to smile. Since our business is linked to the ebb and flow of our times, we are requiting those who can adapt in flexible manner. In the past, we have increased our internship programs and such to interest people in how we do things; we want to continue to spread Nintendo’s ways of thinking.
Now that being said, it isn’t unheard of for Nintendo to be working on new stuff while things are popular. When the N64 was still riding high in 1998, the company was already working on the GameCube, and when the GameCube was released, they were already conceiving the Wii. So it’s not like Nintendo doesn’t have a track record of planning for the future when they’re on top of the world, and for all we know, the next Nintendo Whatever is on the drawing board. But it sounds like the company is pleased with the success they’ve had so far and intend to continue with the Switch longer than some may expect.