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Nintendo’s Future: The Switch 2 & More

As the console giant gears up to unveil its Switch 2 in October 2021, it’s also made its intention clear to place a focus on original content

As the console giant gears up to unveil its Switch 2 in October 2021, it’s also made its intention clear to place a focus on original content.

This is what can be expected by Nintendo in the future

Nintendo has been very successful in the last few years, developing some of the best games for their own consoles. The Nintendo Switch is fast becoming one of the most popular consoles on the market. In fact, during its first year it sold more than 14 million units worldwide. This is a much better result than what was achieved by its predecessor, the Wii U, during an equivalent period. However, despite Nintendo’s ability to always stay ahead of the curve, in terms of gaming content it has somewhat tended to rest on its laurels. A lot of the company’s biggest titles and intellectual properties were forged in the decades of the 1980s and 1990s and since then the company has mainly focused on expanding those franchises. This isn’t to imply that the games released under the banners of The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario haven’t always been met with tremendous enthusiasm, or sported tremendous leaps in innovation. In fact, when it comes to product refinement, few can top the efforts employed by Nintendo. But what does the future hold for the gaming giant?

A focus on more original content

Nintendo’s president, Shuntaro Furukawa, has made it quite clear that the company will develop more original content while continuing to support its core franchises. Outside of a commitment to introduce new and original content, Furukawa has also stated that Nintendo will continue make technological inroads on its current flagship console, the Switch, in order to remain relevant and competitive in the current climate of the consoles. The Switch was launched in March 2017 and Nintendo hopes that the console can still be utilised for another 4 years. Nintendo has always separated itself from the console crowd by offering the consumer something truly different. Those seeking to buy shares in major gaming companies like Nintendo have often done so based on the clout and confidence of the company to practically reinvent the wheel whenever it releases a brand new console. The Switch is the only console of its kind, offering players what is essentially a hybrid machine capable of being carted around or of being plugged into a TV. And while Nintendo has used the system to further drive its core brands, the innovation it’s employed in doing so cannot be denied. A prime example is Mario Kart Live, a game that blends the actual surroundings of the player with the internal components of the game. In other words, Mario Kart Live allows you to create your own track in your home and then screens the track onto the screen of the Switch while imbuing it with all the standard Mario Kart tropes. It’s probably one of the most innovative offerings to have been released on the Switch in recent times. 

Switch 2 expectations

While there doesn’t seem to be any sign of a Switch replacement in sight, Nintendo has made it clear that the console would need to offer players something completely new. In the meantime however, the company plans on releasing the Switch OLED (Switch 2) on October 8, 2021. What’s interesting to note about this release date is that it’s a departure from the usual console month of release, which is November. New models are typically released in November and this is done so that retailers can take full advantage of the holiday season. Based on the typical 4 year turn-around time, a general rule of thumb in terms of console release periods, Nintendo’s next big reveal will land in 2024 or 2025 by the latest. In terms of specs, the Switch 2 is shrouded in speculation, which means that the actual changes and computing power of the unit will only be revealed once the unit hits the shelves. In the meantime, the company has confirmed a storage upgrade from 32GB to 64GB. In terms of CPU power, this remains to be seen. However, screen shortcomings will be remedied by a new OLED, provided by Samsung.

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