23 April 2024
Games Technology

Nintendo Accounts Will ‘Ease’ Transition To Subsequent Console, Exec Says

A Splatoon 2 Switch OLED sits on the pavement.

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One of many greatest questions on Nintendo’s subsequent console is the way it will deal with everybody who’s constructed up an enormous library of video games on the Change. Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser isn’t able to spill the beans concerning the Change 2 but, however he’s teasing a smoother transition to the corporate’s subsequent console in a brand new interview with Inverse.

Following studies that Nintendo lately confirmed off its successor to the Change behind closed doorways at Gamescom, questions have been swirling concerning the new console’s specs and potential backwards compatibility with the present {hardware}. Will a Change 2 help bodily cartridges and digital downloads? Or will gamers have to purchase among the finest video games Nintendo’s ever made once more?

Bowser wouldn’t touch upon the Change 2 studies however he did say that Nintendo Accounts, which monitor consumer knowledge throughout consoles, can be a key a part of bringing gamers over to the following console. “Up to now, each system we transitioned to had an entire new account system,” he told Inverse. Creating the Nintendo Account will enable us to speak with our gamers if and after we make a transition to a brand new platform, to assist ease that course of or transition.”

He continued:

Our objective is to reduce the dip you sometimes see within the final yr of 1 cycle and the start of one other. I can’t communicate to the attainable options of a brand new platform, however the Nintendo Account is a robust foundation for having that communication as we make the transition.

Whereas that’s not a assure that all the things will carry over between the Change and Change 2, or no matter Nintendo’s subsequent gaming machine is, it’s at the least an try to doubtlessly assuage some followers’ issues concerning the transfer. That’s not nothing, particularly coming from an organization that has traditionally been completely satisfied to strive utterly new issues from one console cycle to the following and get gamers to purchase video games they already personal once more on new platforms. Plus any dramatic departures this time round would imply abandoning the Change’s 130 million set up base, a dangerous transfer as competitors between platforms will get extra fierce.

Opponents like Microsoft and Sony have already been doing this with the Xbox Collection X/S and PlayStation 5, each of which register customers’ buy from the prior console era. Whereas Nintendo hasn’t at all times been on the chopping fringe of on-line performance, it does have a reasonably good monitor document with backwards compatibility. The Wii supported GameCube discs, and the Wii U supported Wii discs. On the hand-held facet, the DS supported Sport Boy Advance cartridges and the 3DS supported DS cartridges. Hopefully the Change 2 follows an analogous sample. Nintendo has beforehand said that it received’t announce new {hardware} till April 2024 on the earliest.