That’s because Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa and director Ko Shiota see a lot more life left in the three-year-old Switch, reported Nintendo Life (opens in new tab). In the 80th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, Furukawa noted that the Switch is growing in momentum, suggesting it’ll be a while before a second-generation console comes along.
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“Our current generation game system, Nintendo Switch, has entered its fourth year since launch, but its momentum is increasing. We believe there are two factors behind this,” Furukawa said in response to a question about the outlook for Nintendo’s next game system.
“First is the existence of two hardware configurations with different characteristics, in Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. The second factor is that Nintendo’s development resources are concentrated on developing content for a single platform, Nintendo Switch. We want to extend the life cycle of Nintendo Switch while maximising such advantages.”
So that’s effectively poured cold water over rumors that Nintendo could be making a new Switch console (opens in new tab) or a ‘pro’ version of its hybrid games machine. But Shiota did give an idea of how Nintendo would approach a new console, beyond just boosting performance (opens in new tab).
“Through Nintendo Switch, we’ve made many discoveries about where a dedicated video game platform can fit into a consumer’s daily life,” said Shiota. “We see scenes on social media of children and their families sitting around a game console to play, which gives us a renewed sense of the value of our dedicated video game platform. We will utilise these experiences in carefully considering the form our future game consoles will take.”
From that, there’s a vague hint that a sequel to the current Switch could offer a console with some unique very-Nintendo features; the Switch, after all, stood well apart from the current generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles and is very different to the upcoming Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) and PS5 (opens in new tab).
Or it could mean that Nintendo is planing extra accessories and peripherals to boost the Switch’s capabilities; we’ve already seen it do that with the Nintendo Labo (opens in new tab) cardboard system and the Ring Fit Adventure (opens in new tab) fitness game. But time, as ever, will tell what Nintendo does next.