The Nintendo Switch may be the first major gaming console to be sold in the US in the next few years, but there’s still a long way to go for that success.
While it’s a console that’s built for long-term consumption, it also represents a departure from the console market’s traditional focus on the console first, and a new focus on long-lived consumer hardware that can be used in ways that aren’t as common with consoles today.
Nintendo’s Switch will be the biggest gaming console ever made, and the company’s new approach is likely to bring in big profits in the long run.
We’ve compiled the best of what we know so far.
Nintendo Switch is the biggest game console ever built (and that’s assuming it can sell well) Nintendo’s announcement of the Switch in June of 2017 was pretty much a foregone conclusion: It was going to be a new, innovative system that would take on Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Its hardware and design were almost certainly going to impress, and with a slew of new games, it would be a game-changer.
Nintendo would release its Switch for $299 in the U.S. in August 2017, but the company wasn’t even expecting that.
As the company has since explained in interviews, it expected the Switch to be “the best gaming console on the market for at least a couple of years,” and that the company was planning to build the Switch “from the ground up” and make it as powerful as possible.
But that didn’t mean the Switch would be the “next big thing,” or even the “biggest console ever,” since it’s still relatively new and only available in the United States.
Nintendo did announce that it had already delivered 3 million units of the system, but that number was for the first wave of pre-orders that were supposed to be shipped in early 2017.
The Switch was only going to sell about 30,000 units at the time, and so Nintendo decided to launch the Switch with a very limited number of preorders, so that it could start shipping them as quickly as possible rather than rush the preorders out to everyone who wanted them.
In its announcement, Nintendo said that the system would “provide consumers with a great gaming experience for a low price.”
The Switch didn’t sell well, but its sales figures are still impressive, and Nintendo said it’s going to deliver “more games and software than any console in history.”
That was a very optimistic projection for a console of its size, and it’s worth noting that Nintendo’s sales numbers don’t include pre-order bonuses for Switch owners, since those are included in Nintendo’s full-year financial report.
But the system still managed to sell well enough to warrant a $299 price tag.
Nintendo has said that its Switch preorders were “the first wave” of preorder bonuses that were to be distributed to Nintendo Switch owners on launch day.
Those preorders included the game “Super Mario Odyssey,” the Switch-exclusive “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” and a variety of other titles, including “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Dragon Quest Heroes: Ultimate Collection,” “Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time,” “The Simpsons: Tapped Out,” and more.
Nintendo didn’t provide an exact date for when those bonuses would be distributed, but we know that they were scheduled to be available at launch for some time, at least until early March, which is around the time when Nintendo’s first-generation Switch consoles were expected to launch.
The company is also expecting preorders to sell out before they were supposed, since there are so many different titles that people have preordered for the Switch already.
That means that a lot of people who preordered Switch pre-ordered them before they shipped out.
The system is currently selling for $279 on Amazon, and its price is up 9% over its $299 debut price.
It’s also getting an incredible 10-year warranty, which Nintendo has promised to keep up to date on, as it has with the Switch’s previous consoles.
That warranty is also likely to be an important selling point for the Nintendo Switch.
It also seems like a lot is riding on how well the Switch will sell.
The game and software sales numbers are amazing, and they are clearly not the sort of numbers you’d expect from a game console, but they are a lot closer to the sales numbers of other consoles, such as the Xbox One X, which launched in December 2016 and saw the console’s first year of sales surpass its predecessor by more than 30%.
It seems like Nintendo is hoping that the Switch can pull off a massive launch in the coming months, as sales of other big console games like the Xbox’s “Titanfall 2” and “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” have done.
In fact, the Switch has already surpassed the sales of both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S