Nintendo Switch "Not Considering Successor Or Price Cut"

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo had a wildly successful December in the USA, the market research company NPD said on Wednesday.

Will the Switch get a similar hardware refresh? Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that his company will not be cutting the price or updating the hardware of the Nintendo Switch.

Not only did the Switch dominate 2018, but Piscatella also notes that the partially-portable console had the highest annual unit and dollar sales total for any hardware platform in the past 3 years, beating out a record set by the PlayStation 4 back in 2015.

In less than 30 days on shelves, Super Smash Bros.

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According to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, the Switch was officially the best-selling games platform in the United States last December and throughout 2018.

We figure the Smash development team probably looks about like this right now. Brawl, by 70% for the year. For example, the Playstation 4 Pro is slightly different than its predecessor because it incorporates a different GPU, includes more storage options, and features 4K streaming. Exceeded every expectation I had, best-selling exclusive launch month in history. "Ultimate" is also the fastest selling Switch title to date.

A year ago, we highlighted industry analysis firm NPD's data to show that worries about the impending death of the console gaming industry were way overblown. That meant that Nintendo's software library on Wii ended up leaning pretty heavily towards trying to find that next big casual hit (hello, 30-minute Wii Music presentation at E3) and was ambivalent at best about core games. But neither of these took off. In the translation, in response to a question on how Nintendo will reach its 20 million unit sales goal within the fiscal year, Furukawa states "It is an extremely ambitious, but worthwhile achievement". The Switch is already capable of outputting content at 1080p - as it does whenever it is connected to a HD television using the dock, so Nintendo wouldn't even need to update the internals to drive the upgraded display on the Switch 2.

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