With the Swap having entered the seventh 12 months of its lifecycle, it’s clear that the hybrid console has entered its twilight period, and that it received’t be too lengthy earlier than we get to see what the subsequent Nintendo console shall be. And whereas it stays to be seen precisely how lengthy it’ll be earlier than the Japanese agency is able to begin speaking about that, it has reiterated the necessary of making certain a easy generational transition for its userbase every time that subsequent machine does come round.
In a latest Q&A session with traders, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa mentioned that the corporate hopes to make use of its Nintendo Accounts service – which was launched in 2016 and is central to the Swap eShop system – to make sure that its clients can transition easily from the Swap to no matter its successor shall be.
“As for the transition from Nintendo Swap to the subsequent technology machine, we need to do as a lot as doable as a way to easily transition our clients whereas utilising the Nintendo Account,” he mentioned (through IGN).
This isn’t the primary time Nintendo has spoken about this. Final 12 months, Nintendo government Ko Shiota additionally spoke about Nintendo Accounts, and said that the service will possible be built-in with the Swap’s successor.
Whether or not that generational transition may even embrace plans for backward compatibility stays to be seen, although beforehand, Nintendo has been unwilling to concretely verify whether or not the function shall be supported in its subsequent console.
Earlier this 12 months, reviews claimed that work on the Nintendo Swap successor was “progressing effectively”, however that it wouldn’t be out till spring 2024 on the earliest.