Leading up to this year’s E3, there were ongoing rumours about Nintendo launching new hardware. Bloomberg even published a report at the end of May about an upgraded replacement model – supposedly arriving as soon as September.
E3 has come and gone, and before the broadcast even began, Nintendo shot down any hops of new hardware announcements with a short message – clarifying how the show’s focus would be purely on software announcements.
Now, in an interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America’s president, Doug Bowser, has responded to a question about Bloomberg’s story as well as other reports regarding a Switch ‘Pro’. Once again, it’s the line about how Nintendo is “always looking” at new technologies:
“We are always looking at technology and how technology can enhance gameplay experiences. It’s not technology for technology’s sake.
“It’s how specifically can technology enhance a gameplay experience. And then where do you apply that technology? Do you want to apply it on current existing hardware or platforms, or do you want to wait for the next platform? And then what’s the right gameplay experience with that? There’s a host of factors that goes into it, and it’s something we’re always looking at.”
Doug Bowser actually made similar comments last December during an interview with Polygon. It was also in response to rumours about a new model Switch arriving in 2021:
“we’re always looking at technology. And as we know, technology is constantly evolving and changing. And we’re always looking at what is coming to determine: How can it enhance and improve the gameplay experience? And whether that’s on a current platform, or whether that’s on a future platform, we’re always looking at that.”
In his latest interview with The Washington Post, he even mentioned (again), how the “console life cycle” is being redefined during the Switch generation:
“As we enter into our fifth year, Nintendo Switch really is redefining what a console life cycle can look like, and the vibrancy of that overall life cycle with a strong cadence of content”
What do you make of all the Switch Pro rumours? Do you think Nintendo will at least announce an upgraded model before the end of 2021? Leave your thoughts down below.