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tack50 said:

Am I the only one who thinks that "upgraded" versions of consoles are pretty much never worth it? The extra power will only be used by a handful of games and it is not really a huge reason to upgrade. Exclusives will be extremely few games, if any. The Game Boy Color is a huge outlier here, born out of a lot of particular circumstances that are not applicable 20 years later.

If I was in charge of Nintendo I wouldn't really release any upgrades and just concentrate on making sure the "Switch 2" or whatever is a success; giving gamers what they want and what not. Granted it will be hard for the next generation of Nintendo to be as successful as this one but no reason not to try.

If they do have to release an upgraded version I'd just keep it simple, call it the "Switch plus" or whatever. Give it a 1080p display and the possibility in theory to run games in 4k (in practice the Switch probably lacks the power to run games at that resolution). Give it a small power boost (to at least run games at 1080p and beyond, even if full 4k is impossible) and keep the upgraded battery/processor from the "red box" Switch.

Price it at the same price as the old standard Switch (which gets discontinued).

Release a similar upgrade to the "lite" model in 2022 as well. Larger screen, with a 1080p screen and maybe an even longer battery life if that is possible, with no price hikes or drops.

I think it's probably true for a number of people, but not for everyone. Many want to upgrade their hardware after X time (for me, I am fine doing it every 2-3 years), and other people don't like the original models, and want something more aesthetically pleasing or with sufficient features. It is different for every generation.

Often updates opens up the market to a much wider audience: the original DS sold decently, but the DS Lite and DSi made it one of the best selling consoles of all time with DS Lite selling 94 million and DSi selling 41 million more. GBA SP sold 43.5 million of the 81 million GBAs. These are cases where more people felt new models were worth it than the original release. I think when it came to DS, it wouldn't have been nearly as successful without the updates.

New generations, the way Nintendo has done them, are crap. It's only guaranteed to be good if Switch 2 is both a new thing + Switch 1 deluxe rolled into one - kind of like how mostly every other electronic platform of any sort does it. I'd be really excited for a new generation Switch that maintains and even improves what I already have on my old Switch.

Here's my internal reaction to that if it happens:

Last edited by Jumpin - on 09 December 2020

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