Nintendo's President Says It Won't Announce New Hardware at E3

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Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee have sold 10.63 million units combined since their launch in November 2018, are the fifth best-selling Switch titles, behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with lifetime sales of 12.77 million. While Nintendo generally isn't part of that group, last November they didn't provide Switch Online numbers and continued to avoid the question: until today.

The company also sold 5.95 million units of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition.

An earlier report from Bloomberg had said that Nintendo could release a new low-priced Switch model as early as June. In fact, if Furukawa was being particularly cagey with reporters, we could still get announcements for more Switch hardware any time that is not "this year's E3 in June".

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For the upcoming fiscal year, ending March 31, 2020, Nintendo has forecast Switch sales of 18 million units. In two years, the Switch has sold 34.74 million units worldwide or nearly half of what the 3DS has sold in eight years. Bloomberg also noted that its sources claimed that Nintendo does not have any plans to release a more "powerful" version of the console.

With the Switch, a combination of its handheld and console gaming focus, Nintendo has been gearing up for the 3DS' replacement for a while now.

For starters, it's confirmed that Nintendo "will not be hosting a large-scale conference for institutional investors, securities analysts, and the media" and instead will be hosting a video presentation, as the company has done since 2013. Historically, Nintendo-along with Microsoft and Sony-have released hardware revisions over time.