Let’s be honest here: everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before Nintendo decided to announce that a new version of their coveted Switch was on the way.
Now, with more credible rumours bubbling that Nintendo is going to release a newer model, it’s time to take a look at just what that could mean for both the publishing giant and the everyday consumer.
The current model of the Nintendo Switch is almost perfect.
The game library is increasingly solid, the on-the-fly swapping between TV mode and handheld mode is a feature that is unmatched by any other modern console, and the trademark Nintendo quality built into the system is apparent at every angle.
Yet, with the inevitable hardware upgrade coming down the line, there is one crucial element that Nintendo is paying attention to: the apparent successor to the 3DS.
With the 3DS officially being sunset, Nintendo is going to have to find a way to fill that gaping chasm of portable game demand that it has always catered to – and what better piece of tech to fill it other than their newest console that is capable of being utilized as a handheld?
In fact, the only thing that’s prevented us from utilizing it more often than not are only a handful of factors: the bevel, the battery life, and the 720p screen.
For as amazing as the little box that could is, it certainly leaves something to be desired in the eyes of the “power users”.
And while we’d advocate or the graphically power-hungry to merely get involved in the business of building their own gaming computers, seeing a Switch pump out 1080p image quality on a bezel-less handheld screen with more than four hours of battery life has us already salivating.
And yet, we do firmly believe that Nintendo will opt for the handheld route first instead. It just makes too much sense not to given their positioning.
Nintendo supported the hell out of the 3DS, and their commitment to the popularity of handheld gaming in their Eastern markets should never be underestimated. With the release of a primarily handheld-focused Switch, Nintendo gets two birds with one stone: they’ll consolidate both their software and market developmental potential to one arena.
And lo, here come all of the long-time handheld and home console fans to one unified point of targeting – anything that Nintendo puts on the platform is accessible to anyone.
Ironically, the real potential only starts there. Nintendo is sitting on what is arguably one of the highest-lauded treasure troves of titles in their legendary history.
Were they to utilize the full library of games at their disposal and flood the Switch with what is likely to be the most potent collection on the market, Nintendo could reign over the most profitable console family ever.