Nintendo Switch has been on the market for just over a year, but hardware developers can never stop looking forward. Nintendo recently took home some awards at the BAFTAs, and Shinya Takahashi was on hand to answer some interview questions. Takahashi (who serves General Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Division) was asked if the success of Switch came as a surprise, and his response was rather surprising.
According to the
translated video provided by the BBC, Takahashi didn’t exactly answer the question that was asked of him, but instead dropped a juicy teaser: Nintendo’s already developing new hardware. Here’s what the Nintendo veteran had to say:
“Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development. So you may see the new system sometime in the future.”
— Shinya Takahashi
It’s true that Nintendo never stops researching, but it’s interesting that Takahashi also talked about development. What’s even more bizarre is that the interviewer never asked about new hardware, but Takahashi went right ahead and teased a new system! “Sometime in the future” could mean anything, of course, so that doesn’t mean Switch is going to be replaced anytime soon.
Nintendo Switch’s successor is sure to be a long ways off, but we could still see new hardware in the near future. Before his passing, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata always said he imagined Switch (called NX back then) as being a “family of devices,” so it’s entirely possible that Nintendo is planning to release variations. We could see a lite, portable-only model, or a more powerful version, like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. Nintendo could also dabble in virtual reality and release a separate device to accompany Switch.