Rumors of a successor to the Nintendo Switch have been circulating all year, and reports about it Special demos for developers at this year’s Gamescom And Activision Get informed about the device Just lit a fire. Despite this, Nintendo Pinky swears it hasn’t actually shown off the next console (colloquially known as “Switch 2”) anywhere, according to president Shuntaro Furukawa.
Japanese port Mainichi Reports indicate that Furukawa denies that Nintendo showed the device to partners at public events or private meetings with gaming companies. But thanks FTC v. Microsoft court case Which happened earlier this year, there are legal documents and unsealed emails confirming that the company has been in contact with Activision about the next console (even comparing its power level to that of the PlayStation 4). So it’s likely that Nintendo doesn’t want to publicly announce or acknowledge a new system before the 2023 holiday season, which is when people will buy a Nintendo Switch. A potential Switch 2 could change people’s plans for holiday purchases.
If the Switch 2 does exist, one thing is still unclear about the virtual console: whether or not it will play original Switch games. With both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series Cloud streaming nonsense for playing PlayStation 3 games), looks like Nintendo’s next console will play Switch games, right? Well, historically, Nintendo has been the least willing of the big three to embrace backwards compatibility. Almost none of the home consoles played previous-generation games, with the Wii and Wii U being outliers in the company’s 40 years of consoles. So, until we know more about the next system, we won’t know if the Switch and its successor will talk to each other. Nintendo seems to be banking on people’s inability to make an informed purchasing decision while buying gifts this year.
According to the Original report from EurogamerNintendo showed that the Switch’s successor runs a larger version of The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom Tears at Gamescom, but it’s unclear at the moment whether this represents backward compatibility, some sort of remastered port, or whether it’s just a tech demo to showcase the power of the new hardware.