Nintendo performed reasonably well at this year’s BAFTA awards, winning two awards for Super Mario Odyssey and one for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, its success was slightly eclipsed by a tease made by Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi.
Speaking to the BBC, the general manager of Nintendo’s EPD division stated that:
“Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development, so you may see the new system sometime in the future.”
You could say that Takahashi is merely pointing out the obvious. Developers like Nintendo are continually working on new hardware innovations, and consoles like the Switch have been in the works for many years before they officially release. That said, keep in mind that many new hardware projects never make it to market.
With this information, Takahashi’s tease should be taken with a grain of salt. Given the fact that the Switch has proven to be such a significant success for Nintendo—unifying both the handheld and home console markets in a single platform—it’s tough to imagine why it would produce another console focused on either of these two platforms. Unless, of course, the console to which Takahashi is referring to is something entirely different.