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posted by hubie on Thursday May 09, @07:11PM   Printer-friendly

Nintendo says announcement on Switch successor 'this fiscal year':

Nintendo said Tuesday it will make an announcement about a highly anticipated new console by the end of March 2025 as sales decline of the hugely popular Switch, which is now in its eighth year.

Despite logging a record net profit in the year to March, helped by the weak yen, the game giant expects net profit to drop nearly 40% in the current financial year.

Players and investors have been hungry for news about a successor to the Switch, and the company said a statement was finally forthcoming.

[...] Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Nathan Naidu said before the earnings release that Nintendo consoles typically have a "six-to-seven year lifecycle."

"Given hardware drives about 40% of total sales, its drag on (the) overall top line might extend into fiscal 2025 absent a new gaming gadget," he said.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Tork on Thursday May 09, @10:29PM (3 children)

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 09, @10:29PM (#1356389)
    I used to think backwards compatibility was not much of a selling point. I don't typically sell my old consoles and, frankly, the way software works today I kind of expect the compatibility to be hit or miss. It wasn't a factor in my purchase of a PS2, for example. Despite using some of the original PS1 hardware there was a list of what could and couldn't be played on the PS2. Frankly I was more interested in these companies building hardware to make new and interesting games, not worry about playing old ones!

    My attitude has shifted a little over the years, one thing that made a huge difference for me was the discovery that the battery life of the Nintendo DS while playing GBA games is phenomenal! As in double the play time of my GBA SP. That kinda makes sense, the DS has good reason to have a larger battery than the original GBA did. Well heck if I'm going to get an upgrade to my previous console, make it so!!

    I ended up surprising myself today because when I read that headline I immediately thought: "I hope they don't change the hardware much and just make a faster version of what they got!" How'd I get here?! My past self would rake me over the coals! But I do have a reason... finally I have a console where all my games are stored on a memory card instead of having stacks of cartridges or CDs laying around! If the chipset doesn't change fundamentally the previous games could even get better frame rates and resolution. I'm down for that!

    I wonder if I'm just finally getting it or if we've finally hit that point of diminishing returns on unique gaming processors.
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    🏳️‍🌈 Proud Ally 🏳️‍🌈
    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 10, @03:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 10, @03:10AM (#1356401)

      I can't watch movies from before the 80's. To me they're just.. what's wrong with them? Dull story? bad colors?

      Kids-these-days won't watch movies from before 2000 -- and that even seems to include the Matrix.

      I'm also good with SNES jRPG's, they're fine graphics-wise -- not modern by any means. However I can't do something like Galactica, or Asteroids, or Pong, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, ... ugh. But SNES is good. NES isn't too bad, either. (Kids-these-days? Apparently they don't even watch Disney that is hand-drawn -- computer 3d CG only.)

      I think there's a pattern here. Maybe you see it too.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by julian on Friday May 10, @04:46AM (1 child)

      by julian (6003) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 10, @04:46AM (#1356410)

      You might want to take a look at the modern 3rd party handheld devices for running emulators on Android. I have an Anbernic RG405M [gbatemp.net] and it gets more than 12 hours of play emulating the N64 and more than 20 for lighter platforms like the GBA. It's fun playing on real hardware but it's also really nice to have one device that can emulate a dozen platforms and store thousands of games.

      • (Score: 2) by Tork on Friday May 10, @05:49PM

        by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 10, @05:49PM (#1356463)
        Oh yah, I have a relative of the product you listed and I love it! I managed to get one with a pre-loaded card and it not only had a bunch of stuff I had never heard of, but they also had it organized by horizontal and vertical games! Very cool. Now I just wish I had more free time to explore it all.

        I'm also a fan of pinball and noticed a couple of devices on TechMoan (... a youtube channel I imagine would be fairly popular with SN visitors) that I'd reaaaaaally like to whip the credit card out on!
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