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Nintendo president Doug Bowser: Switch is ‘redefining what a console life cycle can look like’

The executive also explained Nintendo's mobile business, and how the company handles licensing issues.

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Jin_Sakai35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Sounds like no Switch Pro anytime soon. Unless this is just PR talk to assure sales don’t slide in anticipation for the Switch Pro.

phoenixwing35d ago

Nintendo has always lied in order to get more sales. So there's no way of knowing if they really mean it or not

Bobertt35d ago

There are listings popping up at online retailers and being removed so it's probably coming this year. Unless they have supply issues.

Sitdown35d ago

@phoenixwing
What was their lie for the NES and SNES?

Vegamyster35d ago

phoenixwing

All companies do this, they're not going to tell you about a new, better product if sales for the current one are doing great.

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fr0sty35d ago

Translated: "Y'all keep buying it, and it's cheap AF for us to make, so we're gonna keep on milking this cow a few more years."

Knushwood Butt35d ago

The Wii U sure redefined what a console life cycle can look like.

ToddlerBrain35d ago

***The Virtual Boy Has Entered The Chat***

RPGer35d ago

Vita: Hold PSP games and my only 3 exclusives.

Teflon0235d ago

Vita didn't get a replacement announced like 2 or so years in and had more than 3 exclusives. Also outsold WiiU lol. Don't know the details behind virtual boy. Always hear random different things about it though so not sure how it goes

northpaws35d ago

I enjoyed my Wii U much more than my Switch though.

Both Botw and Mario Kart 8 are one of the best if not the absolute best in the whole series, had a lot of fun with the Nintendo Land party games, especially the Luigi Mansion one

I haven't both Botw and Mario Kart on my switch because I don't want to pay again for the same game

King_Noctis34d ago

The Vita sure redefined what a console life cycle can look like.

MeteorPanda35d ago

yeah l love no bluetooth or network infrastructure

AnnaDea35d ago

How about no.

If Nintendo would be the one that decides what things would be regarding console generations, they wouldn't update at all more than every 10 years.

Let's not forget that half of Nintendo's consoles were failures were the other half was succesful.

Sony is within their first year of success with their 5th console.

Nobody likes you holding back the industry Nintendo!

Michiel198935d ago

since when is the Wii U half of their consoles? and if you add virtual boy or something then also add the gameboys to it. pretty sure its more like 15% that failed then still.

AnnaDea35d ago

Success: Nes, Snes, Wii

Failures: N64, GameCube, Wii U

I don't count handhelds because they were more or less having a monopoly until smartphones happened.

Michiel198935d ago (Edited 35d ago )

n64 and gamecube were failures? youre the first person i ever heard saying that

they might not have been the dominant consoles that snes and nes were, but they werent failures at all.

LucasRuinedChildhood35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

The PS2 outsold the GameCube 7:1, and a newcomer (Xbox) also managed to outsell the GC by a few million units. It only sold around 20m units which was just 1/3 of NES sales. The N64 faired quite a bit better but getting outsold 3:1 by a newcomer (PlayStation) was still a poor result. They also sold terribly in Europe (the PS2 outsold the GC 12:1 there).

I live in Ireland and I remember being confused as a child when I discovered that the GameCube even existed. It was only allocated a very small portion of the space in game stores like GameStop and Xtra-vision so it was easy to miss. Second hand GC games were basically stored in a space the size of a large box.

They completely lost their stranglehold on the market and get much less console sales even as the market was rapidly expanding. The vast majority of console gamers preferred what the other consoles were offering and abandoned Nintendo, forcing them to bow out of making traditional consoles. Broadly speaking, they failed.

That doesn't mean that there weren't good games or anything, but from a financial perspective they did fail which is why they changed direction so drastically with the Wii and future systems.

Michiel198935d ago

I think there is also something inbetween succes and failure, not being the smash hit they hoped for doesnt mean its an auto failure. Also a lot of the people that grew up with snes and nes were grown up by then, thus gravitated more towards the mature ps and xbox.

by your logic ps3 would be a failure then as well. nintendo who previous gen sold like 30% of ps2 with gamecube dominated ps3, they lost their dominant market position blablabla.

AnnaDea35d ago

"n64 and gamecube were failures? youre the first person i ever heard saying that

they might not have been the dominant consoles that snes and nes were, but they werent failures at all"

Just see at the statistics.

Sold units.

N64: 32.93 million
Saturn: 9.26 million
Playstation: 102.49 million

Gamecube: 21.75 million
Xbox: 24 million+
Playstation 2: 155 million

Nintendo got to sell 33 million n64 to a costumer base out of 150 million.

They sold 22 million Gamecubes to a costumer base out of 200 million.

From being in the top of the industry to crashing totally. They managed to win with the Wii when that happened, but that was a real close victory. Then they tanked so hard with the Wii U xD

You by anyone should update yourself in a couple of areas.

"by your logic ps3 would be a failure then as well. nintendo who previous gen sold like 30% of ps2 with gamecube dominated ps3, they lost their dominant market position blablabla."

What the f*ck are you talking about?

Wii: 101.63 million
Xbox 360: 84 million
Playstation 3: 87.4 million

I don't know why you are even comparing gamecube with ps3 when they aren't even in the same console generation...

Michiel198935d ago

that comment was directed at lucas, he made the comparison and if something failed or not compared to previous gens. also i didnt compare the ps3 and gamecube, i compared how apparently failure is measured for nintendo but not for playstation, compared to the previous gen and if they sold more or less and market share.

Teflon0235d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Sales wise yes they were failures.
Just because people got fond memories doesn't mean they did well.

OG Xbox outsold GameCube. Think it was GC with 24M and XB with 28M then PS4 with like 150M or something that was a complete failure and thinking otherwise is crazy. I liked GameCube quite a bit but no way it wasn't a failure.
N64 was a party game monster but it was a failure sales wise when the new boy PlayStation which only existed because Nintendo screwed Sony had 70% of the sales atleast lol. Sony's only non first finish was PS3 and it didn't sell to far behind Wii in the end. So it is quite correct. Switch is realistically a handheld so it really has lived up to where it is suppose to be lol. But Nintendo handhelds generally always sold good not home consoles after SNES outside of Wii which sold great

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Nebaku35d ago

Sony bias at its finest.

If the n64 and Gamecube were failures because they didn't outsell their competitors in that generation, then the PS3 is also a failure. Not to mention any of Sony's handhelds.

Chriswheeler2235d ago

Not outselling competitors isn't what made it a failure. It was being outside by the competitor 7 to 1 and 3 to 1.

Ps360 era weren't too far behind the wii. Like 106 million vs 86 million.

AnnaDea34d ago

No, it's just stating facts.

Not that Nintendo fanboys has ever been grounded in reality. What Chris more or less said.

King_Noctis34d ago

“If Nintendo would be the one that decides what things would be regarding console generations, they wouldn't update at all more than every 10 years.”

That is why having more competition is great, isn’t it?

“ Sony is within their first year of success with their 5th console.
Nobody likes you holding back the industry Nintendo!”

How can Nintendo hold back the industry if, in your opinion, it seems that Sony is the market leader and never fail?

Chevalier34d ago

What? Maybe if you're talking about portables, but, home consoles it would be hard to argue that Sony 'fails'. Their lowest selling system sold almost 90 million and 3 out of 4 consoles previously sold over 100 million each. Which console maker has had more consistent console sales? Xbox and Nintendo COMBINED have 1 home console between them sell over 100 million. Plus Sony game sales are more than both Xbox and Nintendo COMBINED.

AnnaDea34d ago

"That is why having more competition is great, isn’t it?"

When it's pushing forward and not backwards.

Switch isn't pushing anything forward and Nintendo's unwillingness to stay updated hurts their 3rd party support. Nintendo was 1 generation behind to go into the world of HD.

"How can Nintendo hold back the industry if, in your opinion, it seems that Sony is the market leader and never fail?"

Because if you haven't noticed they do have a large percentage of the market sales. We went from Switch vs PS4 to Switch vs PS5 now.

Developers would sing in union if they could make the same game for 3 different platforms, but now they need to develop one next-gen version for PS5/Series X and if the CEO is a dick, another different version for Switch.

I thought Cyberpunk 2077 was a good lesson in what happens when you have different versions of the same game for multiple platforms of uneven strength.

King_Noctis34d ago (Edited 34d ago )

“ Switch isn't pushing anything forward”

Really? Before the Switch was released, how did you play games like The Witcher 3, Outer World, Kingdom Come, and Doom Eternal, and in a portable console at $300? Before BOTW, where were Immortals Fenyx Rising, Genshin Impact, and Decay of Logos? Did Aloy suddenly decide to use a Batman cape in Horizon 2?

“ Because if you haven't noticed they do have a large percentage of the market sales.”

How can Nintendo have the larger market share if it seem that in your opinion, the Switch fail as a console?

AnnaDea34d ago

"Really? Before the Switch was released, how did you play games like The Witcher 3, Outer World, Kingdom Come, and Doom Eternal, and in a portable console at $300? Before BOTW, where were Immortals Fenyx Rising, Genshin Impact, and Decay of Logos? Did Aloy suddenly decide to use a Batman cape in Horizon 2?"

Since when did those games become some sort of measurement of pushing the industry forward? And while you are at it have you even seen the comparison between the switch version of the games to the high-end pc versions?

You are just name dropping random games that has no influence at all.

And what has aloy gliding to do with anything? Gliding in a video game has been a function ever since the dawn of c64 games that are soon 40 years old wtf xD

"How can Nintendo have the larger market share if it seem that in your opinion, the Switch fail as a console?"

Because Nintendo fanboys buys anything that is Nintendo as the same as Apple sells Iphones to the same customer based market.

You need to learn there is a difference between quality and popularity.

I can understand if you'rein your 20's and think everything in the world is based on your opinion, but sorry, no.

AnnaDea34d ago (Edited 34d ago )

"We are talking about the hardware and how it could allow you to play those demanding game anywhere you want to. Does anything like that exist before the Switch and cost the same to the Switch?"

Demanding games?

The Witcher 3 runs in 540p 30fps on the Switch and 4k unlocked framerate on the PC. That's nothing to brag about, and only an idiot would want to experience a super degraded and inferior port of a game because they can take the game to the toilet.

"Genshin Impact alone made 1 billion dollar in revenue in just six month. Yeah the game is totally random and has no impact at all."

No, it doesn't because that Revenue came from other platforms, but please point how much it made on Switch. You can't be that retarded so you take up a game that is making the most money from the platforms that are rivals to the one you are praising xD

What an idiot!

"If they have such rabid “fanboy”, you’d think they have at least done something right to gain said fanboy, right? How did they gain those fanboy to begin with anyway?"

Yes, seeing no fault or wrong in their favorite system, buys anything for the brand, excepts whatever because they love the brand. Jim Sterling gave Breath of the Wild a 7/10 and the fans started to send him death threats, Ddosed his website and so on.

You're so out of touch from reality which is what I expect from a 20-something millennials that has been curled from the cradle.

But no, sorry.

Your favorite console and company is not the best.

Sorry if that hurts.

King_Noctis34d ago (Edited 34d ago )

“ Since when did those games become some sort of measurement of pushing the industry forward? ”

We are talking about the hardware and how it could allow you to play those demanding game anywhere you want to. Does anything like that exist before the Switch and cost the same to the Switch?

“ And while you are at it have you even seen the comparison between the switch version of the games to the high-end pc versions?”

Where can I get a high end pc that I can pull apart and put into my pocket that cost $300?

“ You are just name dropping random games that has no influence at all.”

Genshin Impact alone made 1 billion dollar in revenue in just six month. Yeah the game is totally random and has no impact at all.
https://www.nme.com/en_asia...

“ Because Nintendo fanboys buys anything that is Nintendo as the same as Apple sells Iphones to the same customer based market.”

If they have such rabid “fanboy”, you’d think they have at least done something right to gain said fanboy, right? How did they gain those fanboy to begin with anyway?

“ I can understand if you'rein your 20's and think everything in the world is based on your opinion, but sorry, no.”

Kindda ironic isn’t it?

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ScootaKuH35d ago

In other words they're going to stretch out the lifespan of the Switch for as long as possible because they don't have another system in the pipeline.

Also, the irony of a Nintendo president called Bowser. I think he has ulterior motives 😂😂

gamer780435d ago (Edited 35d ago )

Probably 2022 when botw2 releases on two consoles…

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