So far all the game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have promised long-term support for their consoles, but usually what happens is that halfway through the product’s lifecycle, a new console will be introduced and while the previous console continues to be supported, let’s face it, everyone’s attention and focus is usually on the newer ones.

However Nintendo thinks that the Switch could be the exception. Speaking during an investor’s Q&A, Nintendo exec Shigeru Miyamoto suggested that the Switch could stick around longer than the 5-6 year traditional lifecycle. He claims that this is due to the uniqueness of the Switch that allows it to double as a home console and as a handheld.

He was quoted as saying, “Nintendo also has a system in place whereby the software developers focus on these hardware features in their development efforts for the continuation of the Nintendo Switch business.” This is in line with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima who also stated that the company is aiming to support the Switch for longer than 5-6 years.

So far the Switch has proven to be a success for the company, surpassing the Wii U’s lifetime sales in less than a year, and at one point in time even beat out the PS4 and Xbox One in the US.

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