I've been thinking about getting a Switch for a couple months now since I'm curious about Breath of the Wild (though that's the only game I'm interested in) and my wife is super into Pokemon (I only played Blue way back in the day lol)
Thing is, a Switch successor must be on the way right? In my mind it seems like it could be a waste to get a Switch now but then again who knows if Nintendo will make the next console backwards compatible. How likely do you think that is?
I haven't made up my mind yet so any discussion and/or advice is welcome.
Since the Switch successor does not even have an announced codename yet, which Nintendo almost always talks about at least 1 year out from release, it's unlikely that the successor is "on the way". I believe it was in late 2020 that Nintendo execs first started saying the Switch was currently at the "midpoint" in its lifecycle. That was at over 3.5 years into Switch being on the market. Which points to its successor not coming until 2024.
So, you can buy one now and not have to worry about a successor launching later this year or even next year. Have you played the first Breath of the Wild? The sequel is due out in Spring next year. Anyway, I'm sure you'll find more than that to play in the Switch's software libary to make the console purchase worth it. A number of the titles I would recommend have already been suggested in this thread.