An excerpt from an interview with Nintendo Director Takahashi-san:
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.
(emphasis added by me)
May I please have a moment to react? Ah hem.
So it seems I will need to become independently wealthy. And quick.
I can see Nintendo releasing new colors and themed Switch consoles as they have done in the past, and special joy-cons I can get on board with but if they treat the Switch like they did the 3DS with multiple versions that didn’t just upgrade battery life but actually limited the games you could play on them… that’s a recipe for WiiU-like disaster. Even with how closely some follow the industry there was still confusion by all the new iterations of the 3DS and new 3DS and new 3DS+ and NEWnew 3DSi-Platinum Gold Sticker Model 2.0.
I hope they stick to one Switch and promote it like hell so it sells like hot cakes and every third party developer would feel stupid to not make games for it.
If they do decide to release upgraded versions of the Switch ala Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro I know what I’m gonna do…
…probably buy one anyway.
You can read the full interview with Takahashi-san from Time here.