As of now, the Nintendo Switch is the third best-selling console in history, with over 125 million units sold worldwide, only surpassed by Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2. It’s not surprising to think that the Japanese company is already preparing a successor to the console. Besides improved graphics, the new version will likely feature a unique gimmick, similar to previous Nintendo consoles like the Wii. But what else do we know?
What’s new from Nintendo
It exists. That’s the first thing we need to consider: developers, including those from Spain, are already receiving kits to program games for the – for now – called Switch 2, although officially, we only have a statement from Shuntaro Furukawa, the current director of Nintendo, to investors: “Regarding the transition from Nintendo Switch to the next console, we want it to be a smooth transition for our customers, using the Nintendo Account.”
What does this mean? It is still early to draw conclusions, but when they talk about a “smooth transition” and maintaining the Nintendo Account, it is likely that there will be backward compatibility. Given the success of the Switch and the upcoming games like ‘Super Mario Bros Wonder’ and the ‘Super Mario RPG’ remake, they would not want to leave consumers in the dark.
However, on the other hand, some developers have doubts about consumers’ interest in new titles if the previous ones are still available. Games like ‘Mario Kart 8’ have proven to be highly beneficial for Nintendo. It’s a balancing act between user experience and revenue.
We know that the release won’t happen before April 2024, as confirmed by Nintendo. But when will they make the announcement? Let’s take the example of the Nintendo Switch, where it took just five months from the first glimpse to its release. We shouldn’t dismiss the possibility that Nintendo might want to make a big impact and announce it practically out of the blue. If the innovation (rumored to feature Sharp’s LCD screens instead of OLED) is compelling enough, it will undoubtedly be another money-printing machine for Nintendo.
Nintendo wants to maintain the mystery to continue selling the Nintendo Switch, and no one can blame them for that strategy. As fans, of course, we are eager for the new console to be released and see what they have in store, especially after they reached a graphical peak with ‘Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.’ But a little mystery never hurt anyone. Reliable rumors will start to surface soon enough. Currently, insiders indicate that the new console will have an NVidia chip, support 4K resolution, and might cost around 400 euros. We’ll have to wait and see. Sit tight because the release won’t be anytime soon… though with Nintendo, you never really know.
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