It’s not a ton of information, but it paints an interesting picture about the Switch 2 if it’s true.
A lot of possible information has been coming out about the eventual Nintendo Switch successor lately. While none of it has been confirmed by Nintendo, obviously, we’re starting to potentially see the bigger picture with each leak and rumor.
Last week, a well-known leaker account dropped some details about various games coming from SEGA and Square Enix. While it talks about games like Persona 6 and a Final Fantasy 9 Remake, some details about a “Switch 2 devkit” were included.
Since we’re talking rumors and leaks, always go into any of this will an absolute grain of salt. There is no Switch 2, officially, and names, features, and scope are all just rumors, for now.
The only thing we know for certain is that Nintendo is looking into the future. Anything beyond that is entirely speculation. But, we do like some speculation.
With that said, the leaker, known as “Im A Hero Too” on various forums like ResetEra and (now) Reddit, talked about some specific features coming to the Switch 2.
During his section about Sega, he mentioned that the Switch 2 devkits have been there for a while, have backwards compatibility with at least some games, use a new cartridge, and have a camera built-in. In addition, during his segment about Square Enix, he mentions that not only is Final Fantasy 7 Remake coming to the Switch 2, but it “looks and runs like a PS5 game”.
That’s a lot to take in. So, let’s parse it out. Starting with the devkits being out for a while, that’s not uncommon for devs to be able to work on games for years before a system releases, especially if they’re a launch game.
The new cartridge and backward compatibility are tied together here. It immediately makes me think of the jump between the Nintendo DS and the 3DS. DS games worked in the 3DS, but the 3DS had a slightly different cart themselves.
The new camera calls back to the DSi and 3DS systems as well. But, notably, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s Purah Pad was designed to resemble a Nintendo Switch that also had a built-in camera. It may be a coincidence, it may not.
But, the big news is the power that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would require to resemble a PlayStation 5 on-screen would be phenomenal. If this part is true, Nintendo is stepping up their game immensely for core players in the next generation. The leaker mentions that the game took no time at all to port and could possibly be a launch title.
We’ve been following the crazy rumor mill surrounding the Nintendo Switch’s successor here on GameCrate. As it always is, some are more outlandish than others. But, these at least seem plausible with some precedent and evidence to go with them.
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