Some Nintendo fans and business watchers came absent from Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct perplexed that the company did not roll out a new Nintendo Switch design, which has been closely rumored and described for the much better portion of a 12 months. Mere weeks right before E3 2021 kicked off, Bloomberg documented that we could see the new 4K-ready “Switch Professional,” as some are calling it, just before June 12 “to enable publishers to showcase their comprehensive variety of Swap games.”
Nintendo did not do that, of training course, because Nintendo understands far better than to showcase its future significant hardware launch at E3. The company appears to be to have acquired that lesson a very long time in the past, in the wake of the disastrous E3 2012 reveal of the Wii U and the E3 2010 reveal of the Nintendo 3DS, which stumbled out of the gate so terribly that Nintendo slashed the value of the handheld a few months immediately after launch.
E3 2012 was the previous time Nintendo held a regular press convention at the gaming business expo — the type of presentation where executives stand on a phase and maintain up a movie activity console for the first time. Nintendo has held digital presentations, the two packaged Nintendo Direct movies and Treehouse Reside streams, at E3s given that.
Components reveals haven’t been section of Nintendo’s E3 strategy for practically a decade now. Instead, Nintendo has often adopted E3 with small to main hardware announcements months or months later. It unveiled the Nintendo 2DS in August 2013 the New Nintendo 3DS in August 2014 the NES Vintage in July 2016 the Super NES Traditional in June 2017 (following E3) and the Nintendo Swap Lite in July 2019. The primary Nintendo Change was revealed in Oct 2016, a comfortable length from that year’s E3, a demonstrate that ordinarily usually takes position in June.
It’s quick to see why Nintendo keeps its hardware announcements different from E3 proper (and other movie recreation events like Gamescom and Tokyo Video game Exhibit). New hardware means a more advanced equation for impending games. Fans will invariably question how the new Legend of Zelda sport will run on a 4K-capable Nintendo Change (or what the new Mario + Rabbids sport will glance like on existing Switch components). As an alternative of concentrating on the game titles, Nintendo would be forced to muddle its information, receiving bogged down with discussion about body rates, resolution, and other complex nitpicks.
All of which is to say that if the Nintendo Swap Professional (or New Nintendo Change, in holding with Nintendo’s components revision naming fashion) does exist, and if the business options to announce it this yr, an announcement could be imminent. And we’ll all be equipped to emphasis on what the future Nintendo Change does without having the distraction of a new Metroid game.
Nintendo has a regular report of releasing new hardware each calendar year, which includes surprising bodily products like new Recreation & Observe handhelds, Nintendo Labo, and Tremendous Mario Lego sets, and all symptoms stage to the company accomplishing so in 2021 as perfectly. Supporters may well just have to wait around a small more time.