The Nintendo Switch turned six earlier this month, and the speculation around the device’s successor is only intensifying with each passing year. While we currently have precious few concrete details about the Nintendo Switch 2, the gaming company’s top boss has recently teased that we can expect whatever comes next to “surprise and delight.”
Nintendo Switch 2: Nintendo breaks its silence
In a recent Q&A with Associated Press (via U.K. publication The Daily Mail), Nintendo boss Doug Bowser was directly asked when the Switch’s successor would be released. Naturally, the PR-savvy president mostly avoided the question by instead highlighting the phenomenal performance of the current Switch console, but he did hint at what Nintendo hopes to achieve with a follow-up.
“One of the things we look at always is how can we surprise and delight. How can we introduce new unique ways of playing. That´s always in front of our mind,” said Bowser. He couldn’t be drawn much further noting that he “should be careful about what I personally would like to see [in a new Switch].” But even so, the above quote does at least draw our intrigue as we await further news about what is next for Nintendo in the hardware space.
To Bowser’s point, Nintendo certainly has a reputation for unexpected moves. For example, the widely-successful Nintendo Wii launched the motion-controls crazy of the mid-00s, and not many people expected the company would follow up that juggernaut console with a machine built around a tablet-style controller, the Nintendo Wii U.
While that console ultimately flopped, the proceeding Nintendo Switch has been another success story. The hybrid home console/handheld system has sold more than 122 million units to date according to the company’s latest earnings report.
What to expect from the Switch 2
Even with Nintendo’s penchant for moves that come completely out of left field, we would still expect the Nintendo Switch 2 to be more of an iterative step forward. At the very least we could see an upgrade to 4K-ready graphics to catch up to the likes of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The Switch’s core concept has proved extremely appealing, and its combination of a home console and a handheld in a single device makes it an attractive purchase for both gamers and parents. However, this is Nintendo we’re talking about, so you never can be quite sure what the legendary gaming company will do next.
As for when we hope to see the Switch 2, the second half of this year seems the very earliest we could finally get official details, but we wouldn’t expect an actual release until sometime in 2024. Given that the Switch’s aging hardware is now starting to become a harsh limit on developers, it does feel like the time is right for a successor to be confirmed.
A reveal in the latter half of this year would also make the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom effectively the Switch’s swansong. This feels very appropriate as its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, launched alongside the system back in 2017. Beginning and ending the Switch’s lifecycle with a new mainline Zelda game would create a sense of the Switch having come full circle.
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Way to go with the misinformation: Doug Bowser never mentions that the "Switch 2 will surprise and delight players", on the contrary he says that they are confident the (current) Switch can remain strong and that one of the things they look at with it is how to "surprise and delight" players and "introduce new unique ways of playing".Reply
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I should be careful about what I personally would like to see (in a new Switch). But what I can share is that one of the reasons that even going into year seven we feel very confident that the Switch can have a strong performance over the next few years is that it is still truly that unique device that you can play in a variety of ways, at home, on the go. One of the things we look at always is how can we surprise and delight. How can we introduce new unique ways of playing.
Not only that the switch has only been around 6 years not seven as the article's opening states.User_654645165 said:Way to go with the misinformation: Doug Bowser never mentions that the "Switch 2 will surprise and delight players", on the contrary he says that they are confident the (current) Switch can remain strong and that one of the things they look at with it is how to "surprise and delight" players and "introduce new unique ways of playing".
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This article is very misleading, Doug Bowser never said that the Switch 2 would surprise and delight players.Reply
They really be letting anyone write articlesKgbkgb1967 said:Not only that the switch has only been around 6 years not seven as the article's opening states.