Nintendo’s subsequent technology Switch is predicted to debut within the second half of 2024, it’s being reported, with growth kits for the console now within the fingers of third-party builders.
Most significantly, the following Nintendo Switch console could have the identical type of hybrid design as the unique, with the flexibility to play in handheld mode on a pill display, or to plug the console in and play on TV with removable controllers.
Past that, the console will nonetheless use bodily media with recreation cartridges, and it’s seemingly that Nintendo will lower prices by that includes an LCD display as an alternative of an OLED panel, as we noticed in a later Switch revision.
With the identical console idea at its coronary heart, maybe crucial choice that Nintendo has to make is whether or not or to not help native backward compatibility to the Nintendo Switch’s large again catalogue of video games. Nintendo has been requested about this level on a number of events throughout investor calls, however refused to be drawn on the matter, merely saying that they plan to retain the identical digital Nintendo Accounts system.
It virtually appears unfathomable that Nintendo wouldn’t embrace backward compatibility, given their observe report. Whereas the Switch was a clear break from earlier consoles, each handheld console for the reason that unique Sport Boy had one technology of backward compatibility, and the identical was true after switching residence consoles to disc with the GameCube.
It’s been pretty obvious that the Nintendo Switch is coming to the tip of its cycle, now in its seventh 12 months in the marketplace. Lifetime sales recently passed 125 million, making it one of many very best-selling console of all time, however it underperformed Nintendo’s targets for final 12 months and gross sales are on a downward development within the face of extra plentiful PS5 and Xbox Collection X|S inventory.
We additionally see it within the vary of video games that Nintendo is growing for the console. We had an actual marquee launch in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom earlier this 12 months, and the remainder of 2023 will function the releases of Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Super Mario RPG’s remake and a brand new WarioWare recreation, in addition to the improve Luigi’s Mansion 2 and a Princess Peach recreation in 2024. There’s no phrase on the long-delayed Metroid Prime 4, although – may this be the cross-gen launch recreation like Breath of the Wild was?