Nintendo is in a pretty good spot right now. After going through some hard times with the Wii U from 2012-2016, the company has bounced back big time with its newest system: the Nintendo Switch. Being a hybrid console, the Switch is a very unique platform as it allows players to use it as both a home console and a handheld. Tech-giant Nvidia is especially fond of the Switch’s unique nature and Nintendo’s tendency to push innovation above everything else. Nvidia actually played a major part in the development of the Switch, as it provided the chip that powers the system: a custom-built Tegra processor.
Nvidia reported its financial results yesterday and the Tegra business is booming, primarily due to the strong sales of the Nintendo Switch. In response to the great performance, the CEO of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Huang showered both Nintendo and the Switch with a ton of praise. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Tegra business consists of basically three parts at the moment. One major component of it is the Nintendo Switch gaming console, and it’s just doing incredibly well. I’m so happy for Nintendo because they’re risk takers. They’re innovators. They’re not influenced by what other people do, and they’re original thinkers. And I just love the way they invented the Switch and the way they’ve taken it to market. I’m so happy for them. And it’s doing really well.”
It’s still too early to say for sure if the Switch will turn out to be a long-term success, but so far things are going pretty well for the hybrid system. Nintendo is doing a good job at keeping the masses interested and aware of the Switch’s presence, so as long as that continues then the momentum of system sales should continue to remain strong.