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Nintendo would undoubtedly be a frequent winner if the video game industry had a trophy for audacity.
The Japanese business could have gone back to a tried-and-true method with its following system after failing miserably to emulate the glory of the motion-controlled Wii with the Wii U, which was introduced in 2012 and terminated five dismal years later.
Instead, Nintendo focused on making its next platform a full-fledged hybrid between a home console and a handheld console by doubling down on one of the Wii U’s unique characteristics, a gamepad with a display. And much success!
According to our graph, Nintendo has already sold more than 111 million Switch consoles, surpassing all of its illustrious forebears. Few would have believed it possible after the Wii U failure, yet it only took the Switch five years to become the most profitable console in Nintendo’s lengthy history.
Despite the Switch’s popularity, there are some grey clouds forming over the Mushroom Kingdom. Sales of Nintendo’s hardware and software both fell in the most recent quarter; the former can be at least partially ascribed to the global semiconductor shortage, while the latter points to a weakness in the company’s schedule of software releases.
However, Nintendo is hardly the only company currently navigating rough seas. The video game industry as a whole is currently experiencing a decline after the epidemic boom, as many potential console consumers did make a purchase sometime over the past 2.5 years.
Additionally, with Covid worries subsiding and more leisure activities returning to the scene, gaming is inevitably facing increased competition. This will eventually have an impact on consumer expenditure on gaming content and technology.