Nintendo Plans to Support the Switch Longer Than Traditional 6 Year Period

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The Nintendo Switch keeps selling tremendously well, and it appears that Nintendo plans to keep it this way for many years to come.

That’s what President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, told Japanese financial paper Nikkei. If Kimishima is to believed, the company has every intention of supporting the Switch past the traditional Nintendo home console lifecycle of  5-6 years. Nintendo’s CEO didn’t provide specific details on how long they intend to support the hybrid platform. Supporting the Switch for a longer period might imply that Nintendo will upgrade the platform’s hardware in the years to come, although this is merely speculation at this point.

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Based on the lifespan of Nintendo’s DS and 3DS, it looks like Nintendo is actually threating the Switch as a handheld rather than a home console.

The Nintendo Switch was released back in March of last year alongside the new Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To date, more than 14 million Switch units have been sold.

Nintendo officially unveiled the Switch, previously codenamed “NX”, back in January of 2016.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

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