As we approach the midpoint of 2023, it’s noteworthy to mention that Nintendo has never exceeded a seven-year gap between home console releases. From the NES in 1983 to the Switch in 2017, Nintendo has consistently launched a new console within this time frame. With the seventh anniversary of the Switch approaching next year, it seems that Nintendo is preparing to announce the arrival of the Switch 2.
In a recent shareholder meeting (translated by VGC), Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa surprisingly addressed a question about the successor to the Switch. When asked about strategies for transitioning from the Switch to the Switch 2, here’s what he had to say:
In the past, introducing new hardware was the only way for us to connect with our customers, requiring us to rebuild our relationship with them every time a new console was released.
However, with the Nintendo Switch, we have been able to directly engage with our customers through the Nintendo Account system. The Nintendo Account is not only accessible to console users but also to customers on mobile devices, with the current number of accounts exceeding 290 million.
In the transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next generation console, we aim to ensure that customers can seamlessly transition while still utilizing their Nintendo Accounts.
There you have it – the first substantial news about the next Nintendo console.
While we don’t have any information about the design, specifications, or compatible games, the fact that Nintendo is willing to discuss it is significant. Typically, Nintendo executives refuse to comment on unannounced consoles. Furukawa not only commented on it, but he provided meaningful insights.
For the first time in Nintendo’s history, your user account will carry over from one home console to the next. Nintendo only seriously embraced online gaming with the launch of the Wii U, which utilized the Nintendo Network. Just before the Switch was released, the company introduced the Nintendo Account, a single sign-on user account system for Switch and mobile games.
Now we know that you can also log in to your Nintendo Account on the Switch 2.
When combined with a report from Nikkei Asia, which states that development on the console is progressing well and a product launch is likely to happen no earlier than next spring, it’s hard not to be curious.
Nintendo has an exciting holiday season planned for the Switch, with titles like Super Mario Bros. Wonder, a remaster of Super Mario RPG, a new WarioWare game, and a sequel to Detective Pikachu set to launch in October and November. However, rather than marking a new phase in the Switch’s lifecycle, this could be the final hurrah for the aging hybrid console.
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