Well, with Nintendo Switch at about 80 million units sold there is no more discussion that the console is a huge success and a possible contender for best selling ever piece of hardware. That made me think of the position Nintendo has placed themselves in and how that affects the game console tech market in general (hence the post is in Gaming). Or, in other words, if they have learned from past mistakes and are able to implement much better things with the console's successor.
First thing that I think is in the positive side is the partnership with NVidia. That company provided the means for Switch to be what it became and, as everyone remembers, Nintendo kind of played on the safer side with the graphics as NVidia had more advanced tech ready when we did not know exactly what the Switch was going to be.
And that makes me think of the position Nintendo was able to get themselves into: I mean, with the hybrid's success, they could be planning a major hit successor with the tech there is nowadays and, what is better, they can easily wait another 2 or even 3 years to announce a successor, especially if a "pro" model comes this year, with a price cut on current models.
The time available, and this is the central part of my general thinking (which might have a lot of wishfulness in it), gives the company not only the time to develop a superb next gen hybrid machine but also provides the opportunity to "align" its release with when the current gen competitors (PS4s and X1s) might stop receiving support, making the transition to the next Nintendo machine way smoother since the new hybrid, we might think, could make use of tech that would allow it to manage the content available in the current competitors new machines way better than the original Switch ever could (and I'm talking of a device that lead me to play portable 2016 Doom in plane trips!).
So, what do you folks think? Will Nintendo be able to follow up with an impressive successor, without the failure fear that the success of OG Switch probably provides? Or is it gonna fumble and all those doom arguments are going to return (as they always do)? Let us hear. :)
General gamer, fanboy hater