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As Switch Profits Come in, Nintendo President Denies Switch Successor Developer Briefing At Gamescom

While Dismissing Recent DS-Like Multiscreen Switch Patent

Nintendo has released its quarterly financial result for September 30th, 2023, and we have some stats on how the Nintendo Switch is selling at this point of its life cycle.

Nintendo revealed Switch figures for six months; Nintendo sold 6.84 million Switch consoles, including 4.69 million OLED models, surpassing the standard model (1.24 million units) and the Lite model (900,00 units). In addition, we also got an updated sales figure of the company’s first-party blockbuster title from this past May, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which has sold an astounding 19.5 million units; an additional 9+ million units from the game’s initial 10 million sales figure.

At this point of the year, the Nintendo Switch’s successor is probably on everyone’s mind as the fallout of the financial results from this morning, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa’s name has been making the round. According to Japanese publication Mainichi via VGC, Furukawa said in a private earnings call that reports of a private developer briefing of the  Switch Successor conducted by Nintendo at Gamescom this past August were “inaccurate.”

To add to that, in recent weeks, there have been other reports of Nintendo filing a patent for a Nintendo Switch-like device with multiple screens; the design harkens back to the DS/3DS days. Furukawa dismissed the idea, saying the detailed plans for any future device weren’t in mind. That’s not to say that the next generation Nintendo Switch could not have two screens, as Nintendo has made similar denials in the past, which turned out to be true later on. At this point, it’s just a waiting game, but as time passes, more device details will eventually emerge.