When we think about some of the most popular video games consoles produced by Nintendo over the past fifteen or so names such as Wii, Wii-U and GameCube comes to mind. For whatever reason Nintendo has decided to shorten the length of time their consoles are available in retail and it seems like on average they last about six years in stores before the company releases their next generation game system. Game systems that have bee produced by Nintendo that has lasted in retail for approximately a decade included the likes of the NES along with the SNES and the 3DS. But then again all of those game system were popular and still are to some extent and has done extremely well in relation to sales.
Ever since, the NES was released by Nintendo back in 1983 the game system has remained an attraction in Japan until it was ultimately discontinued in 2003. There are game consoles like GameCube and the Wii-U that were not nearly as popular as the NES or the SNES which is probably why they did not last as long as they did. As far as whether or not the Nintendo Switch will remain in retail longer than the likes of the Wii-U or GameCube is concerned we will just have to wait and see as time passes.