Earlier this week, Nintendo released its quarterly financial report revealing a decline in both hardware and software sales. The Nintendo Switch sales decline was attributed to component shortages as Nintendo struggled to meet market demand. Now, a new report suggests that Nintendo’s focus is on meeting its current hardware sales targets, meaning the company won’t announce any new consoles in 2022.
As reported by Nikkei, Nintendo is concentrating on building enough Nintendo Switch units to meet its current sales plans with the components it’s been able to secure. “Normally, we stockpile inventory in the summer to prepare for the year-end sales season, which is at its peak. This summer, we are not able to produce as many as usual,” said Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.
Furukawa told Nikkei that the company is still aiming to produce 21 million Switch consoles during the current fiscal year ending March 2023. However, it’s unclear whether Nintendo will be able to procure enough parts in the coming months to meet its sales targets.
The focus at Nintendo right now is getting those Switch consoles out on the market, so it’s unlikely that Nintendo will release new hardware this year given the component shortage situation and the company already falling behind in sales.
Last November, Nintendo said it was internally discussing the concept and launch timing of its next console, which could be the long-rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro. Thanks to Nikkei’s report, we know that the company is committed to current Nintendo Switch consoles at the moment and it will likely be another year before it discusses releasing new hardware.
In the meantime, Nintendo is having a big year in 2022 with a plethora of exclusives launching on Switch, including Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and upcoming anticipated games like Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3 and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.