That we have just closed a tremendously sweet 2022 for Nintendo is no longer a novelty. Although it has sales that exceed 115 million, the hybrid has been on the market for six years. For this reason, there are many voices that speculate on a decrease in its sales in view of the hypothetical launch of its successor, but the truth is that today we do not have official data or reliable leaks that suggest that this new console is close. In fact, Nintendo’s latest moves seem to disagree with the general opinion of analysts and push away the possibility of seeing Switch Pro in the near future.
As reported by Bloomberg, the company’s plans go through increase Switch production during the fiscal year that will begin in April 2023. Let us remember that, in November of last year, the sales forecast was reduced to 19 million due to, among other things, the shortage of components. Now that that situation seems to be stabilizing and that demand remains strong, Nintendo believes that it will be able to increase production. This is, of course, a surprising move for a console with the longevity of the hybrid.
Kenji Fukuyama, analyst at UBS Securities: “People will start speculating about next-generation hardware soon, and that might discourage them from buying an outdated system. A slowdown in Switch sales is inevitable.”
Nintendo would have already spoken with its partners and suppliers to increase the production of its console next fiscal year. However, as happened in November, it could review its plans throughout 2023 if demand suffers.
Switch Pro, in the distance
Switch sales are characterized by spikes that coincide with the release of new games. He spent with Animal Crossing in the pandemic and with Zelda and Mario in the first year of his life. The 2023 calendar also has important dates, led by the premiere of Tears of the Kingdom. The boost given by this game may be one of Nintendo’s motivations for this decision.
In addition, there have also been rumors about possible themed Switch versions coinciding with the new installment in the Zelda series. In the style of what we saw with Switch OLED and Splatoon 3, the new models could stimulate the decision of users to acquire a new console, apart from the one they already have.
Either way, it looks like the hybrid is still on a exceptional and unusual state of form And, if this move by Nintendo is confirmed, we would not only be further from what we expected from the announcement of Switch Pro, but we could see Switch rise to the podium of the best-selling consoles in history. Currently, it holds the third position, only surpassed by DS and PlayStation 2.