Don't Expect The Switch 2 Soon--Nintendo's Hybrid Console Is Only Just In The Middle Of Its Life Cycle
The Switch is three years old, which, according to Nintendo, puts it just about in the middle of its life cycle--so don't expect a successor anytime soon.
Nintendo had a lot to celebrate in its latest financial report and call to investors, as the system has achieved 55 million sales, and the recently released Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold incredibly well. With this in mind, Nintendo is sticking to its guns and continuing support of the Switch as the next generation of consoles rolls in.
During their call to investors, which was live-tweeted (and translated) by Astris Advisory Japan KK's Dave Gibson, Nintendo stated that that system is "barely in the middle" of its cycle. The system came out three years ago, which means we're looking at least another three years before we might expect to see Nintendo announce or release a successor.
Barely in the middle of the switch cycle, no change to that view.— David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 7, 2020
If the Switch is supported for six years, it'll roughly match the life cycle of the Wii. There is, historically, some fluctuation in how long Nintendo consoles have been supported--the Wii U was closer to four and a half years--but the gap between console releases is generally around six years. There has been some suggestion from Nintendo that the Switch's life cycle might be longer than usual, though--so it could stretch well past six years.
Whether or not the Switch will match the Wii's total sales figures (101.63 million) remains to be seen, but it's currently tracking to overtake that figure and become Nintendo's best-selling console of all time.