Nintendo Says It Won’t Repeat Wii U Mistakes With Switch Successor


Since the early 1980s, Nintendo has served as a leading publisher and one of the most recognized video game studios in existence. Producing some of the best-selling video game hardware of all time, Nintendo has gained a huge influence over the gaming community. That said, the studio has made its fair share of mistakes regarding some pieces of hardware, but luckily, it appears the studio is taking steps not to repeat those mistakes.

Despite boasting an impressive library of games, the Wii U was, for all intents and purposes, a commercial failure. After discontinuing just five years after its initial release, the Wii U was quickly replaced by the release of the Nintendo Switch. While the reasons why the Wii U failed vary widely, Nintendo is certainly aware of most of them, and according to the studio president, future hardware will be built with these mistakes in mind.

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During a QnA financial briefing, Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo, when asked how Nintendo will leave the Switch once the studio decides to release new hardware, stated that the studio wants the transition to next-gen hardware to be “so smooth that possible.” When transitioning from the Wii to the Wii U and, by extension, from the DS to the 3DS, there were definitely some noticeable growing pains.

It’s important to note that Furukawa hasn’t confirmed the development of any new gaming hardware, but it’s certainly good to know that Nintendo is being a little more discreet in terms of releasing new technologies. For many handheld owners, the Nintendo 3DS was a pretty nice system, but the 3D implementation caused a lot of problems during the early days of its release and wasn’t really used to great effect in most other games.

Over the past few decades, there have been numerous instances of Nintendo hardware failing, but the success the studio has gained from other ventures and systems has managed to overshadow less successful consoles. However, it looks like Nintendo will continue to support the Switch and its users for years to come, something Furukawa reinforced during the briefing. Furukawa stated that Nintendo is “focusing on building long-term relationships with (its) consumers”.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Nintendo’s hardware going forward. It seems unlikely that any new hardware will be released anytime soon, but it is possible that Nintendo could release a different variation of the Nintendo Switch similar to the Nintendo Switch OLED in the coming months.

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Source: IGN


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