Nintendo hints at a new console and promises to improve Switch Online
An investor briefing by Nintendo included hints at a new console, though it seems its main focus lies elsewhere. Nintendo referred to this new device as the '20XX' next gaming system, with a release date still to be confirmed. This announcement follows the release of the Switch OLED in October, the third entry in the Switch family. The presentation stated that Nintendo intends to "build on the Nintendo Account foundation to develop services that complement our business", alongside developing a new device, which is illustrated in the image below.
One of these so-called 'value-added services' was released earlier this year; the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. This upgrade gives you access to nine N64 games, including the much-loved title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. These games are available if you upgrade your Switch Online subscription from the US$20 (~€17) a year basic package to the new premium price tier costing US$50 (~€43) per year.
Since its launch, many people have complained about the poor running quality of the games, despite the cost of Nintendo's premium tier. It seems like Nintendo has been listening; in this presentation to investors, Nintendo committed to "improve and expand both Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, striving to provide services that satisfy consumers".
In the briefing, Nintendo revealed that it currently had over 32 million members for Switch Online. The document also stated that we could expect more SUPER NINTENDO WORLD areas at Universal Studios theme parks in the future and new video content following the release of the Super Mario Movie.