Nintendo May Eventually Release Switch Iterations
Nintendo could have some plans for the Switch in the future that DS owners might be familiar with.
In a recent interview with TIME, Nintendo director Shinya Takahashi and producer Yoshiaki Koizumi shared a little information on Switch's future, as well as iterative hardware the hybrid console may eventually receive.
While explaining the different ways users may play Switch, Takahashi mentioned (hypothetically) that Nintendo could possible iterate on the Switch with newer models or even new types of controllers to attach where the Joy-Cons connect.
Certainly, we've designed Nintendo Switch in a way that it can be used by consumers in the way that best suits them. I think we may see that people who have bought a Nintendo home console in the past traditionally, they may treat Switch like a home console and buy it and use it for a long period of time.
Whereas people who have been traditionally Nintendo handheld gamers, they may buy Nintendo Switch and then for example, if a new version were to come out later, then maybe they would decide to upgrade to that. Or, for example, because you can take the Joy-Con off the system, then I guess that leaves open the possibility of something else that might get attached. There's obviously a lot of different developments that we could look at from that perspective as well.
This wouldn't be surprising. DS fans may be familiar with iterations seeing as the original Nintendo DS eventually saw upgrades like the DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL. The 3DS received similar treatment with iterations like the New 3DS, the 3DS XL, and the 2DS.
As for alternative controller methods, the Wii features many peripherals like the Wii Zapper and the Wii Wheel. It wouldn't be surprising to see Nintendo do the same with Joy-Cons or even take it a step further by creating all-new controllers that attach to a Switch unit like a Joy-Con, but are completely different in functionality and design.
Koizumi went on to explain how the Switch is like the merger between Nintendo's handheld line and home consoles.
We're hoping that Nintendo Switch will be a system that will be the constant in your gaming life. Whereas previously, you would play certain things on your home system and certain things on your handheld. Our hope is that Nintendo Switch can be the system that bridges both of those and becomes the constant system that you're always using.
Having Nintendo drop the Wii and DS brands completely to focus on one system all together has been a desire of many Nintendo fans for years. Of course the main benefit of this would be having all Nintendo developed projects on one platform rather than spread between two devices. As we head nearer to the Switch's launch, we'll see if the Nintendo 3DS will have a future. It would, however, be nice if Nintendo just focused all of their energy on one platform, the Switch.