This should surprise no one, but Nintendo is not going to exit the hardware business anytime soon. As part of the company’s latest corporate management briefing, the firm revealed that it’s working on new hardware, and that it will be released before the end of the century.
A slide confirms that Nintendo’s “next gaming system” will launch sometime in “20XX,” which means it will be released before the year 2100. In reality, whatever this system ends up being, it will surely be released before then, but Nintendo isn’t ready to commit to any dates. You can check out the graphic below, and have a chuckle that Nintendo decided to completely omit the Wii U.
The Switch is currently riding high with more than 60 million units sold worldwide to date. The console is keeping up its momentum, too, as it recently set a new US record for the highest dollar sales of any console in history for an August month.
Nintendo is expected to release an enhanced Switch model in 2021, and whatever console comes next would follow sometime after. Nintendo’s console cycle periods usually run for 5-6 years, but Nintendo believes the Switch might enjoy success for a longer period than that.
In other Nintendo news, the company has also reaffirmed that the Mario movie from the makers of Minions remains scheduled to release in 2022. The company may also be working on other non-gaming entertainment extensions of its franchises.
Nintendo has also confirmed that more than 200 million Nintendo Accounts have now been created worldwide, while the Switch Online service now has 26 million subscribers.