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Nintendo discusses ‘new platform’ and implies backwards compatibility for Switch 2

Nintendo discusses ‘new platform’ and implies backwards compatibility for Switch 2
Nintendo’s still keeping mum about the Switch 2 no matter what you ask them about it (Picture: Salvo Lo Cascio and Riccardo Cambò Breccia)

It sounds like you’ll definitely get to transfer your Switch accounts to Nintendo’s next console according to Doug Bowser.

When it comes to the Nintendo Switch 2, the only detail Nintendo has so much as hinted at is that it will retain the existing account system for the current Switch.

This is something Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser also corroborated recently, adding that the goal with the account system is to allow for a smoother transition when the company launches its next console.

He was also quizzed on the rumours of the Switch 2 making a secret showing at Gamescom this past summer, but, unsurprisingly, refused to comment on that.

‘I can’t comment – or I won’t comment, I should say – on the rumours that are out there,’ Bowser tells Inverse . ‘But one thing we’ve done with the Switch to help with that communication and transition is the formation of the Nintendo Account.

‘In the past, every device we transitioned to had a whole new account system. Creating the Nintendo Account will allow us to communicate with our players if and when we make a transition to a new platform, to help ease that process or transition.’

The Switch 2 retaining the same account system would also mean you’d get to transfer your digital Switch games over to the newer console, which itself feeds into the idea that there will be backwards compatibility involved.

Bowser adds that the goal is to ‘minimise the dip you typically see in the last year of one cycle and the beginning of another,’ which suggests that Nintendo is trying to keep people invested in the current Switch, even after they announce its successor.

This does line up with comments on how Nintendo still has plans to propose new Switch games going forward, despite chatter of the Switch 2 launching next year.

It also makes sense considering the current Switch remains popular; recent sales figures from Japan are very healthy for a console that’s over six years old. Plus, not everyone will be able or willing to jump ship to a new console straight away.

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There are signs that Nintendo is prepping for a new console launch though, besides just the rumours. With Super Mario Bros. Wonder out of the way, the Switch has very few major exclusives left on the schedule. It says a lot when the closing announcement of the most recent Nintendo Direct was for a remake of a GameCube game .

There is still Metroid Prime 4, but that’s been MIA for so long that many fans assume it’s been held back for the Switch 2.

Metroid Prime Remastered – in the time since Metroid Prime 4’s announcement, there’s been a new 2D entry and a remaster of the first Prime game (Picture: Nintendo)

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