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The future of the Switch

A long life-cycle within 1 hardware revision 18 34.62%
 
A long life-cycle with ma... 28 53.85%
 
A short lifecycle then a ... 6 11.54%
 
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Who the fuck ever says something is going to have a short product cycle? Nintendo never said that even about the Wii U.

The middle of a product cycle can mean literally a half way-point, if we're at a mid-point in March 2020 and the beginning with March 2017. If we're on an 8 hour flight and we're 4 hours in, you saying we're in the middle of the flight isn't inaccurate. 

The point is the central quote that people use to claim that POV as gospel from Furukawa was never even actually said by him. When Nintendo releases fiscal year ends and Q&As quite often in a rush to get news out first things get mistranslated because NOA usually requires an extra day or two to put up the official English version, but that is the one people should read, not some amateur hour B-list gaming site run by 17 year olds looking for clicks. 

If you actually read the quote from Furukawa it actually seems to imply more that he's looking at different form factors for the Switch to expand upon the Lite model rather than talking about product cycle at all. 

Now you are talking about semantics even though it's obvious what Furukawa was trying to say. The quote about the Switch just entering the middle of its lifecycle is from the same Q&A by the way. And it's painfully clear what it means, yet you continue to argue semantics, no matter how many quotes we have from Nintendo implying the same thing again and again.

And no, he's not talking about product revisions. The question was clearly about the longevity of the Switch lol, new iterations of hardware were only mentioned as a way to prolong the lifecycle of the console. 

"Q: What are your thoughts on the business cycle, based on the trends for Nintendo Switch at the end of its third holiday season? Do you believe the Nintendo Switch lifecycle will be different from past cycles? And if so, do you think the business can expand even after growth in unit hardware sales has plateaued somewhat, or do you intend to prolong the lifecycle by diversifying the family with more hardware variations like Nintendo Switch Lite?

A: With Nintendo Switch about to begin its fourth year, the situation does feel a little different from the home consoles we've offered in the past. In addition to Nintendo Switch being a home console you can take on the go, we’re also offering Nintendo Switch Lite as a dedicated handheld version, and consumers can choose whichever best matches their lifestyle. In terms of the hardware, I think we will be able to consider a variety of ways to expand in the future. The software is no less important. As explained in the presentation, our focus now will be on the Nintendo Switch platform with its growing installed base. By focusing our software development resources on Nintendo Switch, I believe its lifecycle will follow a course that is different from our previous Nintendo home consoles."

It is painfully obvious Furukawa is talking about a longer lifecycle. But hey, he didn't use the word "longer", thus the quote doesn't count. And it's funny you accuse me of not reading stuff lol. I really don't feel like doing this anymore, as against multiple quotes from Nintendo over multiple years suggesting the same thing, against the Switch's sales trajectory and the shipment data I provided you with (and which you now simply ignore as I proved you wrong), you will just continue to argue semantics. 



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Louie said:

Who the fuck ever says something is going to have a short product cycle? Nintendo never said that even about the Wii U.

The middle of a product cycle can mean literally a half way-point, if we're at a mid-point in March 2020 and the beginning with March 2017. If we're on an 8 hour flight and we're 4 hours in, you saying we're in the middle of the flight isn't inaccurate. 

The point is the central quote that people use to claim that POV as gospel from Furukawa was never even actually said by him. When Nintendo releases fiscal year ends and Q&As quite often in a rush to get news out first things get mistranslated because NOA usually requires an extra day or two to put up the official English version, but that is the one people should read, not some amateur hour B-list gaming site run by 17 year olds looking for clicks. 

If you actually read the quote from Furukawa it actually seems to imply more that he's looking at different form factors for the Switch to expand upon the Lite model rather than talking about product cycle at all. 

Now you are talking about semantics even though it's obvious what Furukawa was trying to say. The quote about the Switch just entering the middle of its lifecycle is from the same Q&A by the way. And it's painfully clear what it means, yet you continue to argue semantics, no matter how many quotes we have from Nintendo implying the same thing again and again.

And no, he's not talking about product revisions. The question was clearly about the longevity of the Switch lol, new iterations of hardware were only mentioned as a way to prolong the lifecycle of the console. 

"Q: What are your thoughts on the business cycle, based on the trends for Nintendo Switch at the end of its third holiday season? Do you believe the Nintendo Switch lifecycle will be different from past cycles? And if so, do you think the business can expand even after growth in unit hardware sales has plateaued somewhat, or do you intend to prolong the lifecycle by diversifying the family with more hardware variations like Nintendo Switch Lite?

A: With Nintendo Switch about to begin its fourth year, the situation does feel a little different from the home consoles we've offered in the past. In addition to Nintendo Switch being a home console you can take on the go, we’re also offering Nintendo Switch Lite as a dedicated handheld version, and consumers can choose whichever best matches their lifestyle. In terms of the hardware, I think we will be able to consider a variety of ways to expand in the future. The software is no less important. As explained in the presentation, our focus now will be on the Nintendo Switch platform with its growing installed base. By focusing our software development resources on Nintendo Switch, I believe its lifecycle will follow a course that is different from our previous Nintendo home consoles."

It is painfully obvious Furukawa is talking about a longer lifecycle. But hey, he didn't use the word "longer", thus the quote doesn't count. And it's funny you accuse me of not reading stuff lol. I really don't feel like doing this anymore, as against multiple quotes from Nintendo over multiple years suggesting the same thing, against the Switch's sales trajectory and the shipment data I provided you with (and which you now simply ignore as I proved you wrong), you will just continue to argue semantics. 

If you want to interpret it that way that's fine, my problem is when websites add words that are actually not in the original translation and pass that off as defacto news.