Nintendo Switch 2: towards a backward compatible console?

Switch Pro or Nintendo Switch 2, whatever it’s called. Big N’s next console is on everyone’s lips. Each announcement, each statement is dissected in search of new clues. A trailer of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, for example, suggested that a new machine could arrive by its release. If this will obviously not be the case, Nintendo is clearly looking to the future and its future project. The question of a much-requested feature from the competition has been put on the table and provides some leads.

Nintendo Switch 2 backwards compatible with older consoles?

During a conference with investors, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about the question of backward compatibility for the potential Nintendo Switch 2. If the director of the Japanese firm did not answer it directly, he still shared his vision on the subject. He believes that today it is easier than ever to implement such functionality than it was in the past. However, this does not necessarily mean that it will be present on its future machine.

Previously, we provided a service known as “Virtual Console” which allowed users to play older games on newer consoles. As long as the hardware remained unchanged, these games could still be played. However, video game publishing rights are complicated and we only want to add titles after securing the necessary rights. “, he explains in the preamble (via VGC) referring to the benefits of Nintendo Switch Online. Its subscription service allows you to enjoy a selection of NES, Mega Drive or Nintendo 64 games every month.

He also recalls that games created for a specific console were designed in different development environments depending on the machine. As a result, it was necessary to make additional changes for a title to be backwards compatible. “However, the development environment has become much more standardized recently and we now have one that allows gamers to play old games on new consoles more easily than ever before. However, Nintendo’s strength is in creating new gaming experiences. So when we release a new console in the future, we would like to showcase unique video games that did not exist on previous hardware. »

Shigeru Miyamoto Nintendo Switch 2

A smooth transition with the Switch

The Nintendo Switch 2 should therefore clearly turn to new productions, its big sister having scoured almost all the remasters possible and imaginable. Logically, the next Big N machine should also rely on its subscription service to offer backward compatibility to other consoles, with why not finally GameBoy games at stake. One thing is certain, however, the company wants to remain vigilant about questions about the transition to the next console.

This is a major concern. Based on our experiences with the Switch and DS, it’s very clear that one of the biggest hurdles is how to easily switch between platforms. “, had declared Shuntarô Furukawa, president of Nintendo. The Japanese firm therefore intends to ensure a “smooth transition” so as not to lose the millions of Switch owners along the way. It remains to be seen whether it will be possible to launch its purchased games on the current console directly or not. In any case, the industry juggernaut is spending lavishly and blowing up the Research & Development budget for the Nintendo Switch 2. It remains to be seen what they are concocting internally. The console, however, may not be released before 2024 at the very least.

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