Nintendo and Tencent not expected to bring Switch to China before March 2020

Not included in the company’s sales targets for 2019

Nintendo and Tencent not expected to bring Switch to China before March 2020

Nintendo confirmed that the Switch is not expected to arrive in China before the end of March 2020.

During Nintendo’s latest Q&A session with investors, the firm was asked about its collaboration with Tencent and the current status of bringing the system to the region.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa responded by confirming that Tencent has applied for a “game console review”, however noted that no date has been issued and therefore was not taken into account for its sales targets for the 2019 fiscal year ending in March 2020.

With the mobile market so dominant in China, investors were keen to know if Nintendo would utilise Tencent’s stronghold on the market with another collaboration but the firm refused to discuss specifics on the expansion.

Not yet determined

“The launch timing for Nintendo Switch in China is not yet determined, so nothing in this area has been included in the financial forecast for the current fiscal year (ending March 2020),” said Furukawa.

“However, even if it were to be included, we would not anticipate it having a significant effect on overall financial results for this fiscal year.”

He cautioned against high expectations for Switch in the Chinese market however.

“The reality, however, is that the Chinese game market is almost all mobile games and PC games,” said Furukawa.

"The market for dedicated video game platforms has not been very large, so we recognise that this will be a new challenge for us.”

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