Nintendo’s next-gen hardware could support games from the current hybrid platform, which would make sense since the Switch has generated so many sales that it would be a shame to leave behind a community of over 100 million sales…
The Nintendo Switch 2 (the platform doesn’t have an official name yet, so for lack of a better idea, that’s what we’re calling it) has been the subject of many rumors and we’ve reported on many of them, including a closed-door presentation at Gamescom that featured an Nvidia Ampere GPU (1280 CUDA cores), 8 Cortex A78 CPU cores, 12 GB of RAM, strong ray tracing capabilities, Nvidia DLSS support (Super Resolution and Ray Reconstruction yes, Frame Generation no! ), an 8-inch HDR-capable display, and 512 GB of storage.
Given how well the Switch is selling, it would make sense for its successor to run its games, but let’s not forget that Nintendo failed with the Nintendo 64, GameCube and Wii U. However, Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo’s U.S. division, hinted in an interview with Inverse that the Switch 2 would be able to run Switch games, amid talk of trying to minimize the sales slump between console cycles.
“Well, first of all, I can’t comment – or I won’t comment, I should say – on the rumors that are out there. But one thing we’ve done with the Switch to help with that communication and transition is the creation of the Nintendo Account. In the past, each device we transitioned to had a completely new account system. By creating the Nintendo Account, we will be able to communicate with our players when we move to a new platform to ease that process or transition. Our goal is to minimize the dip that you typically see in the last year of one cycle and the beginning of another. I can’t speak to the possible features of a new platform, but the Nintendo Account is a strong foundation for that communication as we make the transition,” Bowser said.
So he said the Nintendo Account could be a link between the two platforms. The Switch’s successor is rumored to be released on September 24.