Shuntaro Furukawa
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Despite the release of new PlayStation and Xbox consoles in November 2020, the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid handheld and home console originally released in 2017, continues to sell more units than either of its rivals. As a less expensive and portable offering, the Switch is now widely seen as a companion console to its competitors with higher technical specs, but Furukawa has worked hard to offer a new OLED option for the Switch in time for a year marked by Valve’s new Steam Deck handheld system, which continues to sell out current shipments. As of June, the Switch is sitting at more than 111 million lifetime unit sales, cementing itself as one of the bestselling consoles of all time and one that will soon exceed lifetime sales for PlayStation 4.  


  • Nintendo
  • Nintendo Switch


  • Waseda University (Japan)

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Incoming Nintendo President Says His Highest Priority Is the Switch

Incoming Nintendo President Says His Highest Priority Is the Switch

When Shuntaro Furukawa takes over as president of Nintendo on June 28, he said his highest priority will be to "accelerate the momentum behind Nintendo Switch and to expand the business" during a recent investor Q&A.The Switch had a great first year, selling over 17 million units worldwide as of March 31. Nintendo estimates it could sell 20 million more in the coming year. It also shipped over 10 million copies of "Super Mario Odyssey," over nine million copies of...


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