Nintendo Switch was the last resort for Nintendo after the Wii U bankruptcy
Reggie Fils-Aime said that Nintendo Switch was seen internally as the last resort for Nintendo, following the failure of Wii U.
Nintendo Switch was seen internally as thelast chance for Nintendo, after the disastrous failure of Wii U. To tell it was not just any passerby, but the former president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime during the New York Gaming Awards, an absolutely reliable source given his past and the great seriousness of him.
Reggie explained that Wii U sales were truly disastrous (13 million units), to the point of being considered the biggest failure of the company (Virtual Boy aside). By dealing only with video games, the next console was seen as a “make or break” product, ie as a last attempt.
In the event of bankruptcy, it is likely that Nintendo would have changed its approach to the video game industry, perhaps by stopping producing dedicated hardware and launching its IPs on other platforms (as SEGA did after the Dreamcast). If we want this also explains the attempt to establish itself in the mobile marketwhich was probably seen as one of the possible escape routes from a potential crisis.
Fortunately, Nintendo Switch has sold very well and, indeed, continues to do so (the latest official data speak of 68 million units sold, but date back to September 2020), so Mario’s house did not have to renovate heavily to continue living. All is well what ends with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.