A recent trend of upgraded consoles has been hitting the video game market, and it’s making early adopters cautious. There are some people who have decided to hold off on buying the Nintendo Switch at launch just in case there’s some kind of “Nintendo Switch Pro” on the horizon. Until recently that theory had no proof, but today Time Magazine published an interview with Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi, members of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning and Development division. They were unusually frank about the future possibilities of the Switch, and they did not rule out an upgraded model.
“Certainly, we’ve designed Nintendo Switch in a way that it can be used by consumers in the way that best suits them,” said Takahashi. “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, maybe they would decide to upgrade to that.”
If that quick slip of the tongue spreads around the media (like we’re doing right now), Nintendo might have to release a statement saying “there are no plans at this time,” and then give these two a strict yelling-at. This isn’t all the pair revealed, though.
“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.” There are indeed possibilities here — for the first time, a game could come packed with extra buttons, alternate controls, light-up LEDs, ripcords, dials, knobs….They’re going to have to reduce the cost of the Joy-Cons to make these alternate gizmos affordably practical, however.
Nintendo Switch releases March 3. Don’t be surprised if New Nintendo Switch XL arrives two years later.