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posted on 22 October 2016

Can Switch Replicate Nintendos Past Success

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

Earlier today, Nintendo gave the world a first look at its new video game console.

The new device will not be called NX, as previously reported, but Switch. The new name is a nod to the console's unique selling point, its ability to switch between home use and playing on the go.

In a teaser video published today, Nintendo shows off how the Switch, which resembles a small tablet with detachable controllers and a docking station, can be used in a variety of different ways and situations. While certainly a fresh idea, it remains to be seen whether gamers are willing to accept the compromises this hybrid concept certainly entails: Given its portability, the new console will most likely not be as powerful as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One while at the same time not being as portable (and ubiquitous) as a smartphone, arguably the most popular gaming device in the world right now.

Nintendo desperately needs the Switch to be a hit. As our chart illustrates, the company's most recent console releases (3DS and Wii U) haven't lived up to their predecessors' successes and if the new console flops, it might very well be the company's last.

This chart shows lifetime unit sales of Nintendo's video game consoles.

Infographic: Can 'Switch' Replicate Nintendo's Past Success? | Statista

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