Is the Nintendo Switch Nearing the End of Its Time?

Published 11/09/2021, 9:30 AM EST


When it comes to console lifespan, different manufacturers have different plans. Before the release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S, fans had to wait around 8 years following the arrival of the PS4 and Xbox One. However, following the release of the Wii U in 2012, fans only had to wait five years for the arrival of the Nintendo Switch in 2017.

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With that being said, slowly but surely, the Switch has almost reached the five-year mark as well. During February next year, the console will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and after selling over 90 million units within this lifespan, it’s one of the most popular consoles of all time. However, has the Switch finally reached the end of the line?

A Nintendo Switch console, dock, Joy-Con Grip and a pair of Joy-Con controllers, taken on February 22, 2017. (Photo by Joby Sessions/Future via Getty Images)

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Is Nintendo Switch on its way out soon?

Over the past few months, Nintendo has revealed some rather saddening news about some of the console’s titles. Following the release of Update 2.0, the developers announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t receive another major update like this. Along with that, Masahiro Sakurai also revealed his final roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with no more fighters set to be added in the future.

It seems like two of the console’s biggest titles have reached endgame with no more major content set to release. Many other popular titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have already sold millions of titles, and it seems like some of these titles won’t receive a sequel for the Nintendo Switch. But does Nintendo have plans to continue for a long time?

A Nintendo Switch home console fitted with Joy Con controllers photographed on a tabletop, taken on March 7, 2017. (Photo by James Sheppard/Future via Getty Images)

No plans to stop anytime soon

During the company’s recent Corporate Management Policy Briefing, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa talked about the console’s lifecycle. He mentioned that the console has only reached the mid-point of its lifecycle. To make matters better, the recent launch of the new OLED model has helped improve the sales as well.

“It is now the fifth year since the launch of Nintendo Switch, and the total hardware sell-through has exceeded 90 million units. We recognize that the system is at the mid-point of its lifecycle.”

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It seems like Nintendo has no plans to stop the continued success of the Nintendo Switch. Furukawa mentioned that the company’s already looking into the future with its next system. However, fans shouldn’t probably excited as Furukawa revealed that they have no plans to reveal anything about it.

“With regards to the next game system, we are considering many different things, but as far as the concept and launch timing are concerned, there is nothing we can share at this time.”

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In the end, it seems like the console manufacturers don’t believe that the Nintendo Switch is nearing its end. However, many fans want more content for the console, and with the company’s biggest titles soon reaching a dead end with new content, Nintendo might need to work out a plan to attract players with popular franchises.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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