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ThomGee

Microsoft and Sony both have series of consoles. Microsoft has the Xbox, Sony has the Playstation. However, Nintendo has never focused on one series for their consoles, though they have had the Game Boy and DS series for handhelds. So, after the Switch, do you guys think Nintendo will begin to focus on the Switch, making a Switch 2 and Switch 3 and so on, or will they instead completely abandon the idea and focus on a new thing? Which would you prefer?

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MarcelRguez

It's hard to say because, if you had asked me during the Wii era, I'd say they should go for another Wii, and look how that panned out.

Nevertheless and even if it's still very early days, it seems the Switch is a different enough scenario. It doesn't have the image problems the Wii had, for one. Assuming Nintendo keeps supporting it with quality software, I don't see why they should move from the brand and its concept. There's still a lot they can fine-tune about it. As far as I'm concerned, they've struck gold for as long as consoles are still relevant.

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I have no idea, i'm not even a Paranormal.
Whatever Nintendo choose, it seems their ideas are interesting to approach gaming market.
Just surprise us from Nintendo ideas.

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DizzyDee81

Nintendo needs to keep going in the same hybrid direction. The Switch 2 should look exactly the same, just have a better screen, better graphics, better wifi, better battery, more memory and a better kickstand.

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LuckyLand

I hope they will focus on the Switch, because it is the ultimate gaming and entertainment device. Everything can be improved, so I hope they will make Switch 2, Switch 3, Switch 4 and so on, and I would like them to at least try to keep all the machine as much retrocompatible as they can. An improved Switch would be more than welcome, anything different than Switch would be a big mistake no matter how powerful and/or innovative it would be. Switch is EVERYTHING, you got a new idea? Find a way to put it into the new Switch or leave it behind until you are able to do so.

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Ralizah

I dunno, but I get the feeling that there will be a backlash if they abandon the hybrid nature of the device. I don't want to go back to home consoles and handhelds as different things. I don't think they can successfully put this genie back in the lamp.

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GrailUK

I have no idea where they go, but I hope they take the Switch with them.

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Burning_Spear

It's difficult to forecast. Will Sony and/or Microsoft introduce a hybrid model that erases the Switch's differentiating feature? If not, my very early guess would be a Switch offspring with perhaps a new gimmick added. If the hybrid console becomes the norm, I would think we could see Nintendo veer off on another tangent.

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Bolt_Strike

Well Nintendo loves to do new things with their consoles so I doubt it'll just be a straight Switch 2, but I do think they've hit on an excellent form factor that's extremely versatile and future proof, so I don't think it's a good idea to reinvent the wheel. I think what they should do is expand on the concept and add new features to the design that could change things up. Here's a couple of things I think they could do:

Virtual Reality: The most obvious improvement they could make. VR has really come back into the forefront with the Oculus Rift and PSVR, and Nintendo has their own patent for a VR device for use with the Switch. Now Nintendo usually avoids these kinds of expensive, high end features but there's really a lot of potential for unique new forms of gameplay that might be too good for Nintendo to pass up. So I do think this could become a reality in the next several years.

Bring back dual screens: This one may be iffy but if they can make it work it could provide a lot of benefits to the design. As we all know the Switch abandoned the DS and 3DS lines' dual screens in order to make the hybrid design work. But if they can bring it back it could solve a lot of problems with the current design. You'd have the second screen needed to emulate DS, 3DS, and Wii U games on VC, and it'd be more portable since it could be folded up and take up less space in your pocket. But there's one other thing they could do to really make this new and exciting, and that's if they can have the screens detach. This would make an already versatile hybrid system even more versatile as now it opens up the possibility to play dual screens at home or on the road and the ability for a second player to have their own screen and bring new meaning to the term "split screen multiplayer". This might be a difficult idea to implement, but if they can get it to work, this would be a very Nintendo sort of idea and I could really see them going for this.

Scroll wheel: Kind of a minor thing, but they did submit a patent for a new type of input that allows you to scroll through menus quickly. Not the most exciting hardware feature and I don't think by itself it's enough to really be interesting, but I do want to see this happen.

Oh yeah, and bring back analog triggers please.

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Ttimer5

Like many people said..... I thing they will stick with the Switch hybrid.
Implementing on it will be great, adding amore powerful engine, better battery, better screen etc. Would be the basics of the Switch 2 or whatever they call it (as long as it has numbers instead of letters if they are sticking with the name, no one will get confused.)
I think they could also introduce Switch XL, make the switch a bit bigger, or bring out new docks to boost what the switch can do by giving more power.
But if Nintendo keeps this route of max advertising and being able to understand what is going on.... Then the next console should avoid the whole Wii U mess that happened (confused audiences and bad naming)

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loyalroyal1989

I really don't think there is any way they can go back from the hybrid idea, but would be interested in the original concept that if they come up with a way for the dock to have a GPU to accelerate graphics rather than just supplying more power like it does now. I would imagine they might do something wacky with the controllers as they love new ways to interact with games. However, I think the switch would have been better if they stripped the bells and whistles and joycons cost way less.

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Ttimer5 wrote:

Like many people said..... I thing they will stick with the Switch hybrid.

Yes. They've carved out a new market segment for themselves and now has a head start. If they didn't make a Switch 2, then a lot of consumers would still want a hybrid device and Sony would then probably do a new portable/hybrid.

The difference between this and the Wii is that the Wii was a fad, it was fun waiving around motion controls for a while, but then the fad died out. The Switch concept is something people will always want.

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EvilLucario

If they do a Switch 2, one thing that I hope could be a reality is backwards compatibility. I think if they build on the current architecture for the next generation, backwards compatibility can be more of a reality.

Of course I'm no hardware expert so it's probably more nuanced than that, but that's one hope I have.

Anyways, I see Nintendo sticking with the Switch concept but adding something extra, like the 3DS to the DS.

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EvilLucario wrote:

If they do a Switch 2, one thing that I hope could be a reality is backwards compatibility. I think if they build on the current architecture for the next generation, backwards compatibility can be more of a reality.

Of course I'm no hardware expert so it's probably more nuanced than that, but that's one hope I have.

Anyways, I see Nintendo sticking with the Switch concept but adding something extra, like the 3DS to the DS.

I imagine if Switch 2 does exist, it might be have additional External hardware, somewhat like they did for Older 3DS XL , External NFC Reader/Writer. Probably, there will be an External devices that can read Gamecube, Wii & Wii U Discs with size at least as big as External DVD driver that can streaming those games to Switch as Display screen. So, imagine playing Gamecube / Wii / Wii U on the go with Switch as Portable Screen and we can control Gamecube, Wii, Wii U with Joy Cons or Wiimote or Gamecube controller + port to usb.

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SKTTR

For the next Nintendo console which is going to be a "Switch 2", I really want

  • a clamshell design that protects the screen in travels and when sliding in and out of the dock.
  • 1080p screen.
  • obviously another step up in power, graphics and speed (Tegra X2 or Tegra X3 Custom?)

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skywake

Strix wrote:

Microsoft and Sony both have series of consoles. Microsoft has the Xbox, Sony has the Playstation. However, Nintendo has never focused on one series for their consoles, though they have had the Game Boy and DS series for handhelds.

All of which is entirely meaningless in terms of what we actually end up getting. Sure Sony have been consistent with their branding by calling everything Playstation. But the PS4 is less like the PS3 than the DS was like the GBA or the Wii was like the Gamecube. Technically the PS4 is more like the XBOne than the GBA was like the GB.

Like others have said I think it would be a fair prediction to say that their next console will be a portable system with "Switch" in the name that can play Switch games. But not because of how well I expect the Switch to do. I think they'll go down that route because there is a pretty bright future for Tegra/ARM based mobile devices. Nintendo is arguably on the better side of hardware architectures for a change.

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Farmboy74

Again echoing most people thoughts, Nintendo will follow up the Switch with the Switch 2, possibly the same size as the current unit or slightly bigger. The screen size I imagine would increase as well.
The gimmick will be this time wirelsss VR as opppsed to the very good wired PS4 experiance. Most likely similar to Google daydream with the Switch sliding into the headset via the side rails the joycon use.
A new Nvidia Tegra chip I would say is also a given as prior to the launch of the Switch Nvidia was talking about a partnership that would last a long time. It would also be backwards compatible with the original Switch.
I can't see Nintendo abandoning the hybrid nature of the Switch to be honest.

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supermario182

I recall nintendo saying that with the switch they wanted to be more like android/ios, where its more like a platform/os that can run on different hardware versions. that way when they release new hardware, it would still be able to run all the old software, and new software can come out that still works on the old hardware and new hardware, even if its scaled back a bit on the older hardware. think about how you can buy a new phone every year and still use the same apps, and some apps can run better and faster.

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StuTwo

@subpopz pretty much everything you’ve said above.

In a gaming sense Switch is the end game for Nintendo. It’s what they’ve been working towards for a long time. They no longer have to fight on two fronts and with a formidable beach head already established it’s going to be incredibly difficult for anyone to meet them head on.

I’d add that the decisions they’ve made with Switch, it’s design and marketing, allows them to dramatically change course if they want or need to without abandoning compatibility with the catalogue they are establishing on Switch.

Over time they can establish very different marketing streams and SKUs to hit a lot of different niches - with hardware that can all play the next Mario Kart and Pokémon.

Away from gaming Nintendo needs to better promote their IP in movies and TV. Splatoon for instance is huge as a game but it could be an incredibly successful film series and that would reinforce the success of the games.

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