The Nintendo Switch has been on the market for nearly four years, but it’s still in great demand and currently shows no signs of slowing down. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to beat the Nintendo DS as Nintendo’s best-selling hardware, but it’s not surprising that you’ll beat the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo’s third and second best-selling console, the Game Boy. The sales volume of the aforementioned DS is approximately 154 million units. Again, it will be difficult to beat this. However, the Wii and Game Boy are very safe with 101 million and 118 million.
As of November 2020, Nintendo has sold 68 million Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite units. Not only will it take years to reach the hardware mentioned above, but it will also take years as Nintendo’s main console. That said, it will probably take at least three to five years as Nintendo’s primary console. So, as long as the current trend continues, Nintendo’s second-selling console should reach the end of its life.
Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, spoke with Polygon to confirm that the Nintendo Switch is at the “midpoint” of its life cycle. In March, Nintendo Switch will be four years old. In other words, there is no doubt that it will be a Nintendo marquee console for another four years. Of course, more powerful revisions may be introduced at some point, but Nintendo is currently denying that the Nintendo Switch Pro is under development.
If the Nintendo Switch has a life cycle of about eight years, that means the next Nintendo console will be available around 2025. For now, this is just an assumption, but Bowser is the midpoint between Switch.
For now, this is all a bit speculative, but at least it provides a rough roadmap for the future and at least more or less confirms that there isn’t a substantial new piece of hardware from the company over the years.
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