Some Nintendo fans and industry watchers came away from Tuesdays Nintendo Direct astonished that the company didnt present a brand-new Nintendo Switch model, which has actually been heavily rumored and reported for the much better part of a year. Simple weeks prior to E3 2021 started, Bloomberg reported that we might see the new 4K-ready “Switch Pro,” as some are calling it, prior to June 12 “to enable publishers to showcase their complete variety of Switch games.”
Nintendo didnt do that, of course, because Nintendo knows much better than to display its next major hardware release at E3. The company seems to have learned that lesson a long time ago, in the wake of the disastrous E3 2012 reveal of the Wii U and the E3 2010 expose of the Nintendo 3DS, which stumbled out of eviction so badly that Nintendo slashed the rate of the portable a couple of months after launch.
E3 2012 was the last time Nintendo held a standard interview at the gaming industry exposition– the type of presentation where executives stand on a stage and hold up a computer game console for the very first time. Nintendo has actually held virtual presentations, both packaged Nintendo Direct videos and Treehouse Live streams, at E3s because.
It revealed the Nintendo 2DS in August 2013; the New Nintendo 3DS in August 2014; the NES Classic in July 2016; the Super NES Classic in June 2017 (after E3); and the Nintendo Switch Lite in July 2019. The original Nintendo Switch was exposed in October 2016, a comfy distance from that years E3, a program that typically takes place in June.
Its easy to see why Nintendo keeps its hardware announcements separate from E3 proper (and other video game occasions like Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show). New hardware suggests a more complicated equation for upcoming video games. Fans will invariably question how the brand-new Legend of Zelda video game will operate on a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch (or what the brand-new Mario + Rabbids game will look like on existing Switch hardware). Instead of focusing on the video games, Nintendo would be forced to muddle its message, getting bogged down with conversation about frame rates, resolution, and other technical nitpicks.
All of which is to state that if the Nintendo Switch Pro (or New Nintendo Switch, in keeping with Nintendos hardware revision naming design) does exist, and if the business prepares to announce it this year, a statement might be imminent. And well all have the ability to concentrate on what the next Nintendo Switch does without the interruption of a brand-new Metroid game.
Nintendo has a consistent record of releasing brand-new hardware every year, consisting of unexpected physical items like brand-new Game & & Watch handhelds, Nintendo Labo, and Super Mario Lego sets, and all signs point to the business doing so in 2021. Fans may simply have to wait a bit longer.
It revealed the Nintendo 2DS in August 2013; the New Nintendo 3DS in August 2014; the NES Classic in July 2016; the Super NES Classic in June 2017 (after E3); and the Nintendo Switch Lite in July 2019. The original Nintendo Switch was exposed in October 2016, a comfy range from that years E3, a show that typically takes place in June.
Fans will inevitably wonder how the brand-new Legend of Zelda game will run on a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch (or what the new Mario + Rabbids video game will look like on existing Switch hardware).