Nintendo plans to allow Switch players a “smooth transition” to the next console using their Nintendo Account.
Lecture at Investor Lecture Question-and-answer sessionTranslated by Genki on Twitter (below), Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa suggested that Nintendo Accounts will become a staple for users going forward.
“Regarding the transition from Nintendo Switch to the next-generation console, we would like to do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition while using your Nintendo account.”
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that by using a Nintendo Account, customers will be able to make a smooth transition from the Nintendo Switch to the next-generation console.
— Genki ✨ (@Genki_JPN) June 27, 2023
Nintendo has historically not been known for a strong or consistent online infrastructure, as Nintendo Accounts were only introduced on Switch. Both the Wii U and 3DS utilize the Nintendo Network ID, which can connect to the latest services, but many thought the transition was far from smooth.
However, Furukawa said that more than 290 million Nintendo accounts are currently in use across consoles and mobile, giving the company a strong foundation to build its next-generation infrastructure. .
So this is a move similar to what Sony and Microsoft have been doing for years, with users’ PlayStation Network and Xbox Live accounts now migrating across three generations of hardware.
Talk about Nintendo’s next-generation console has been on the rise lately, with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot regretting the release of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope on Switch in early June. He said he should have waited for a successor to the console instead.
However, Nintendo said in May that the Switch’s successor wouldn’t come out until April 2024 at the earliest, even though it claims the Switch will last at least another year. This is despite declining Switch sales. He sold nearly 18 million units of the console last fiscal year, down from 23 million the year before and 28 million the year before.
Rumors surrounding the new console have been circulating for years, and even analysts aren’t sure Nintendo plans to launch a Switch 2 (for lack of a better name) in 2021. The new console is said to offer enhanced graphics similar to the PlayStation 4 and its Pro models, but there’s no official information about Nintendo’s next hardware yet.
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