Nintendo Seemingly Negotiating With Suppliers For Next Console’s Production

The prominent rumor suggest the imminence of Nintendo's next console soon.

Story Highlights
  • Nintendo is reportedly in talks with its suppliers concerning the production of its next-gen consoles, as suggested by Nikkei's latest report.
  • The console is estimated to roll over almost 20 million units this year.
  • The next-gen console is likely to arrive in the second half of 2024.
  • The late release of Nintendo's next-gen console will bump up the Switch era to surpass the NES era to become the company's longest flagship console.

The Nintendo Switch has grown into a highly prominent handheld that is cherished all over the globe. The Switch persists in rolling over units worldwide despite reaching almost six years of age, which would cause most other consoles to become mundane. However, its age is beginning to catch up, and a new console will soon emerge.

As per many rumors in the past, Nintendo is prepping for the eventual launch of its next console. Whether it’s a Switch 2 or another sort of device entirely remains to be answered. However, it appears that the production of this secretive device is already being meticulously planned and organized behind the scenes.

A report by Nikkei has shed more light on the prospect, claiming that Nintendo is reportedly in discussions with numerous suppliers for the production of its new consoles. The information stems from an explanation from Nintendo President “Shuntaro Furukawa” in a press conference during questioning.

When he was asked a query regarding Nintendo’s approach to its next-generation console strategy, Shuntaro Furukawa replied, “We want to provide entertainment that is different from others.” Nikkei also claims that Nintendo has begun negotiations with suppliers on its new console behind the curtains.

The details are still hazy, but they provide better specifics and serve as an official affirmation that Nintendo is really working on its next console. Queries like when we can expect it to release and more official specifics remain anyone’s guess for now. However, it is nearly impossible for the next console to emerge this year.

The report also noted that Nintendo’s new device will not be arriving until the second half of 2024, which is obvious considering the global Switch sales continuing to soar amid last month and this year. Moreover, estimated sales for this year are a staggering 20 million figure.

If Nintendo halts its next anticipated release for the subsequent 18 months, then the Nintendo Switch era will become its longest flagship console. The current record is held by the nostalgic NES, which was the company’s flagship portable for seven years until the SNES superseded the little giant.

Nintendo is recognized to be among the most cryptic companies regarding its current and future aspirations. We will continue to see Nintendo Switch loom over the competition and climb the sales charts in various regions around the globe. Regardless, a new Switch model inspired by Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom might be on its way.

The Nintendo Switch continues to dominate various regions around the globe, and Nintendo will seemingly continue to profit from the robust handheld. For instance, it has set a record in US sales that no other console has managed to do; Switch’s sales soared last year to become 50 percent of all consoles sold in France.

What are your thoughts about the new Nikkei report suggesting that Nintendo is reportedly in negotiations with suppliers for the production of its next console? Do you think the company’s next console will turn out to be the next iteration of Switch? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

More on Nintendo ahead. 

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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