Switch - How long will it last?

Switch How long will it last?

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  1. Demon_Skeith

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    How long do you think the Nintendo Switch will last? Do you think Nintendo will release an upgraded version or focus on the next console?
     
  2. Dark Young Link

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    They'll probably make another console in 5-7 years, as per usual for them. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if they made an upgraded version. I highly doubt I would buy an upgraded version of the Switch though. Unless it's another stupid New 3DS deal where you need it for certain game, which was honestly just a silly waste of cash.
     
  3. テクニカル諏訪子

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    I'd rather not speculate regarding this, as it feels like yet another baseless "the Switch is dead because nobody cares"-types of news articles, while the writers usually ignore the fact it sells really well.
     
  4. Demon_Skeith

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    I do hope they come out with a nicer and sleeker new model that fixes the internal memory storage issue.
     
  5. Demon_Skeith

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    Just to update this, but Nintendo hopes that the Switch will last longer than most console life cycles, granted Nintendo often says one thing and does another.

    Given its current success, I do believe it will last a long time but needs to be updated.
     
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    I remember how they said the Wii will have to last longer than the Gamecube, since the GC lasted only 4 years (and immediately killed it off as soon as the Wii came out) while the Wii lasted 6 years (and kept supporting it for another few years).

    Compare it to the modern era: the Wii U lasted for 4 years + 3 months, and they killed it off as soon as the Switch came out.
    Seeing how well the Switch is selling, I might see a pattern here.
    And as long as the console keeps selling, I can see why they say that.
     
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    Funny enough I know Nintendo said they wouldn't kill off the Wii U right away, even though when they said that the Wii U was already dead.
     
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    3rd party developers with no Switch devkit access are still being encouraged to publish their games to the Wii U, Nintendo themselves already confirmed to no longer publish anything to the Wii U.
     
  9. froggyboy604

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    I think the Switch may last over 5 years. But, there is a chance that most people in the future mostly play games on Desktop and Laptop computers and smartphones/tablets rather than consoles and handhelds because it is more convenient playing games on PC and mobile devices. I think South Korea and China is mostly interested in PC and mobile gaming, and console gaming is less popular.

    If most people exclusively play games on PC and mobile, Nintendo and other console makers may be force to become a PC and mobile game publisher, and stop making consoles and handhelds with exclusive games.
     
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    I think that'll depend on the region.
    There are almost no arcade halls in continental Europe, and most people consider an "arcade game" as a machine that can only run early 80's games.
    While in Japan, there are many arcade halls filled with state of the art machines with modern games on them.

    As for consoles, China had a console ban for quite a while, and PlayStation dominated that part of the Chinese market once the ban was lifted.
    Nintendo could have easily dominated China, but seeing how much they cared about the market:
    ・ 1 3DS XL with 2 pre-loaded games you're stuck with forever (unless you consider buying 3DS games from Taiwan or Hong Kong, which'd give you a few more games to choose from).
    ・ A China-only N64 model decades after it came out in the rest of the world and ended up having only a few games.
    ・ And now it seems Nintendo quit in China altogether (last site update: 2012).

    But at least it seems like they have improved their regional support for South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and eastern Europe with the Switch compared to the 3DS and Wii U.

    And as for South Korea, they're mostly into MMO games, I can't really clarify here why.
    Though it might be a similar case as with Russia, I recently spoke to a Russian who told me that only the games everyone in Russia are playing now are considered "good games", while everything else is considered "bad".
    He gave an example of Minecraft being a bad game, not because he doesn't like it (he actually loves it), but rather because most people in Russia hate it.
    So I suspect it's a similar thing here with South Korea.
     
  11. froggyboy604

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    Chinese gamers are interested in League of Legends which is made by Tencent which is a Chinese company. MMO, MOBA are also popular.

    There are some Chinese console makers like JXD which maybe popular in China. But, I feel a lot of JXD's buyers may mostly be from western countries like the US.

    According to Korean American blogs like Koreaboo and Allkpop I read, South Korea is also into multiplayer shooters like Overwatch, and PUBG PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. League of Legends, Diablo 2, Sudden Attack, and Starcraft are also popular.

    I seen a few online posts of Koreans playing PS4, and the Nintendo Switch, but I think consoles are not as popular as gaming at an internet cafe, or at home on a PC.
     
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