In a recent interview with TIME, Nintendo Director Shinya Takahashi and game designer Yoshiaka Koizumi spoke about the upcoming Nintendo Switch console.
When speaking about the life-cycle of the Switch and asked if it will resemble more of the company’s home consoles or handhelds, Takahashi advised on his perspectives from both sides.
“Certainly, we’ve designed Nintendo Switch in a way that it can be used by consumers in the way that best suits them. I think we may see that people who have bought a Nintendo home console in the past traditionally, they may treat Switch like a home console and buy it and use it for a long period of time.”
“Whereas people who have been traditionally Nintendo handheld gamers, they may buy the Nintendo Switch and then for example, if a new version were to come out later, then maybe they would decide to upgrade to that.” Takahashi continued, “there’s obviously a lot of different developments that we could look at from that perspective as well.”
Nintendo game designer Yoshiaka Koizumi expressed his opinions on the life-cycle of the Switch and noted that he hoped that the new console will be the system that bridges both home and handheld consoles.
“We’re hoping that Nintendo Switch will be a system that will be the constant in your gaming life,” he added,”whereas previously, you would play certain things on your home system and certain things on your handheld. Our hope is that Nintendo Switch can be the system that bridges both of those and becomes the constant system that you’re always using.”
The Switch has the capability to be played at home on the TV, or on the go with the handheld and Joy-Cons, whereas it’s predecessor, the Wii U, could be played on the gamepad without the TV screen, but couldn’t be taken too far away from the home console. It looks like Nintendo have their options open on the Switch’s future, and it will certainly be interesting to see what’s in store in the coming years.