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Switch Successor Would Need to 'Offer New Forms of Entertainment,' Says Nintendo President

Switch Successor Would Need to 'Offer New Forms of Entertainment,' Says Nintendo President - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 February 2021 / 2,347 Views

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa in an interview with Nikkei (and translated by VideoGamesChronicle) says the successor to the Nintendo Switch would need to be able to offer "new forms of entertainment." 

Nintendo doesn't have a specific release window in mind for its next console, however, they are always researching the latest technology. 

"The hardware and software development teams are in the same building, communicating closely and thinking about how we can propose new forms of entertainment," Furukawa said.

Switch Successor Would Need to 'Offer New Forms of Entertainment,' Says Nintendo President

Furukawa added there is no rush to release a new console and the life cycle of the Switch can be extended as it offers so many ways to play. 

"We always say that we are in the middle of the Switch’s lifecycle, and since one piece of hardware can be used to play both stationary and portable games, we can offer a wide variety of software for this purpose," Furukawa said. "The life cycle can still be extended."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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24 Comments
curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

Please no. Don't try to fix what isn't broken, that's what got us Wii U. Just make a stronger better Switch.

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trunkswd curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

Agreed.

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Jumpin curl-6 (on 17 February 2021)

While true, it also got us the NES, SNES, N64, Gameboy, DS, Wii, and Switch.

But, I don’t think Nintendo is abandoning hybrid consoles or ARM processors.

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Azzanation curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

If they dont change it, you will get the flak of people saying "its too much the same" and wont upgrade

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icykai curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

I'd prefer it if nintendo tried to make something creative, but would still keep the hybrid feature for their next console. This is better than having a hybrid console for the next gens with nothing new.

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Azzanation icykai (on 18 February 2021)

I dont think Nintendo will abandon the hybrid idea since they merged their portable devision with their main devision. So they will need a hybrid system to satisfy their portable customers.

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Torpoleon curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

Agreed. They should let the games themselves showcase new ideas, like how they made new peripherals for games like Labo & Ring Fit.

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GamingRabbit curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

Jep, Nintendo should just modernize the switch.
Performance above base PS4 in handheld and equal/higher than series S docked mode
would be great.

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wahwah GamingRabbit (on 18 February 2021)

That would be amazing, if it can match Series S performance then it’ll get all the multiplats.

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farlaff wahwah (6 days ago)

Also, that should be absolutely possible in 2-3 years time. Please, Nintendo, make it happen.

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javi741 curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

While I agree that Nintendo shouldn't stray away from the hybrid concept. I also feel like Nintendo does need to offer something new and another selling point to go along with the hybrid concept to give people a reason to upgrade from the regular switch. I'm sure a simple Switch successor with no major innovation and upgrades would still be very successful, but if Nintendo wants to give current Switch owners a major reason to upgrade rather than just a simple advancement in processing power. I do believe they need to offer something new along with the hybrid concept cause some people might not be as intrigued to upgrade just for a simple advancement in processing power and might limit the Switch 2 from expanding the market even further. However, I do agree the the innovation can't kill or be a huge detriment to the current appeal of the Switch. The Wii U was a perfect example of that.

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Slownenberg curl-6 (on 18 February 2021)

Yeah. Hopefully he means more just expanding what a direct Switch successor can do. Adding features to what it could do is fine, but they better not throw away the Switch concept and try to reinvent the wheel. They have a winning long term formula with the Switch design. Successor just needs evolution not revolution. If they wanna try VR or integrate health features straight into the system somehow considered their successes with Wii Fit and Ring Fit, or something else interesting and fun that's all cool, as long as they stick to the hybrid design!

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jonathanalis (on 17 February 2021)

Just a better switch with optional VR googles and voilá.

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siebensus4 (on 17 February 2021)

Analog shoulder buttons and no analog stick drift issues would be enough for me. I don't care about gimmicks. A button config in every game and an option for performance or quality mode would also be nice. Backward compatibility is a must. Just think about the basic needs of a good game console.

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JRPGfan (on 18 February 2021)

Why Nintendo? WHY? The switch is a huge success, people love the ability to "switch" between docked and a handheld. Just make a more powerfull version (better in every way, due to newer tech) and call it Switch 2.

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xMetroid (on 18 February 2021)

"Can still be extended" yupppp Switch Pro. And guys, I don't think by saying "new form of entertainment" they mean a literally totally new concept. Feel like it's a given the next console will be a Switch like but maybe with idk VR or something.

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Jranation (on 18 February 2021)

The problem is they will not have the luxury of using Wii U games as fillers for the next Switch

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wahwah (on 18 February 2021)

So does that mean no Switch Pro?

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INCITATUSBR wahwah (on 18 February 2021)

yes, it does.

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h2ohno (6 days ago)

When will Nintendo learn they don't need to innovate every single generation? The Wii U would have done much better if they had simply made it a Wii 2 instead of trying to reinvent the wheel again with a tablet. The Switch is an idea that clearly resonates long-term, and Sony and Microsoft are not even trying to copy it despite its massive success like they did with the Kinect and Move. Nintendo has that market all to themselves. The successor will also be a success as long as it's a decent upgrade that's not too expensive. Give it one more generation before trying to blow our socks off with a totally new idea for how to play games.

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noemie75 (on 18 February 2021)

With a better processor/SOC, a better screen and a lighter form factor they can democratize VR.
I don't know about gameplay but I think the real problem of VR is the price.

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Agente42 noemie75 (on 18 February 2021)

vr sucks, tactile holography is the future

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imparanoic (on 18 February 2021)

noted that nintendo announced NX in 2015 which became the switch, announced project cafe in late 2010 which became the wii u which was released in 2012, thus, we can presume that the next gen switch will be released in 2023

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Kakadu18 imparanoic (on 18 February 2021)

He did not announce any new system, there is no code name like NX and he specifically said the Switch is in the middle of it's life and can be extended further. Also Splatoon 3 and BotW2 are in 2022 and a 2023 successor would cut their legs of.

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