Nintendo says its next ‘gaming system’ will release in the year 20XX

The Nintendo Swap with an OLED display isn’t even a month outdated, however the firm is already speaking about some form of successor to its wildly fashionable console / handheld hybrid — though vaguely.

In a presentation to buyers, Nintendo hints towards a few of its plans in an especially unspecific means. The corporate plans to “proceed to increase its enterprise round the core idea of making distinctive built-in hardware-software merchandise,” which I’m taking to imply that the firm will (brace your self) make extra video video games and online game {hardware} in the future.

On the slide, which you’ll be able to see for your self on page 41 here (PDF), Nintendo additionally has a timeline of a few of its {hardware} efforts and particularly consists of its “next gaming system” slated to release at an undefined 20XX date. (So someday between now and 2099, I assume.) There are not any hints as to what the {hardware} would possibly seem like, if it will be one other hybrid like the Swap, and even simply one other revision of the Swap. The one picture Nintendo consists of is a query mark.

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Even Nintendo desires you to overlook the Wii U, which launched in 2012 and isn’t included on this timeline.

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Whereas I like the OLED Swap, there are some apparent methods new Nintendo {hardware} may enhance upon it, with maybe the most blatant improve being the capacity to play 4K decision video games. Bloomberg reported a Swap that would do this was in improvement for release this year, however the official OLED Swap doesn’t assist 4K video games. Simply days earlier than the launch of the OLED Swap, Bloomberg reported again that Nintendo was growing a 4K-capable Swap and stated it might be launched as early as late 2022, however Nintendo categorically denied that report. If there was a characteristic I’d guess on for Nintendo’s next console, although, it could be 4K.

Nintendo isn’t simply investing in {hardware}; the firm can also be committing to “value-added providers” for Nintendo accounts, and the upward-trending blue triangle in the picture above means that might be a much bigger a part of Nintendo’s enterprise in the future. We’re already beginning to see that play out with the just lately launched Nintendo Swap On-line + Enlargement Pack, a dearer model of its paid on-line membership that provides Nintendo 64 video games, Sega Genesis video games, and entry the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC.

The corporate additionally says it will “proceed to enhance and increase” each the commonplace Nintendo Swap On-line and the Enlargement Pack. Whereas Nintendo doesn’t element precisely how, one factor to probably stay up for could be Sport Boy video games, that are rumored to affix Nintendo’s on-line choices in some unspecified time in the future.

In basic Nintendo style, the firm is holding its playing cards shut, and it normally doesn’t reveal {hardware}, providers, or video games till it may give some concrete particulars. (Although I’m nonetheless ready for something extra about Metroid Prime 4 since its reboot was introduced practically three years in the past.) However it’s enjoyable to think about what could be in the hopper, particularly now that the firm has alluded to future {hardware} in the works. I can’t await 20XX.

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