Elsewhere in the interview, when asked about what we might see from the Switch’s successor, Bowser was typically coy with his response, focusing instead on the success of Nintendo’s current console which he is “still feeling very bullish about” as he hinted towards “a very very strong lineup” coming to the Switch in the future.
Seems like a pretty standard response, right? Well the NOA president followed it up by commenting on the uniqueness of the Switch, potentially hinting that its successor may take a similarly unique approach:
one of the reasons that even going into year seven we feel very confident that the Switch can have a strong performance over the next few years is that it is still truly that unique device that you can play in a variety of ways, at home, on the go. One of the things we look at always is how can we surprise and delight. How can we introduce new unique ways of playing. That’s always in front of our mind.
It’s those final two sentences that got us thinking for a moment there. Is this a hint that Nintendo’s next console will bring a unique way to play too? What could this possibly be? We suppose that Nintendo has often been about mixing things up when it comes to finding new ways to play (even outside of the Switch, the Wii and DS had this idea at the forefront of their design) so could Nintendo be looking to carry this on into future consoles?
The truth is, probably. But that isn’t to say that this is what Bowser was referring to in his answer. The head of NOA could just as easily be affirming the Switch’s unique design as one of its most appealing aspects, using this as an argument for why Nintendo might want to stay with the console for a while yet. His true intention could go either way!
Be it a hint at the future or a reason for the Switch’s success, Bowser is right about Nintendo’s consistent innovation (even if that does mean that we are going to be seeing more $70 games in the years to come). We recommend checking out AP News’ full interview for even more insights from Bowser himself.
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