Will Nintendo Switch 2 Surpass Its Predecessor?

Published 01/11/2024, 1:28 PM EST

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The idea of a Nintendo Switch 2 feels more real than ever now. There’s no hint of this console launching anytime soon. Nothing concrete, at least. There’s not even a confirmation from Nintendo regarding this console’s existence at the moment, and yet the surrounding hype continues to grow. Fans have found a reason for hype: a lot of leakers and supposed insiders are saying a lot of things about a new console they believe is the Nintendo Switch 2.

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Some talk about its power; others talk about the games that it would receive. With the original Switch aging pretty rapidly, thanks to its massively superior competition, there are chances that the Nintendo Switch 2 will launch sometime in 2024. And many fans cannot help but wonder: would this console surpass its predecessor in being a better, more successful console?

The Nintendo Switch 2 would no doubt be a more powerful console

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The Switch launched back in 2017. It was a curious little piece of hardware. With interesting, never-before-seen features, two little controllers, and a slim form factor, it begged to be with its owners wherever they went. Some saw it as underpowered, but it ran Skyrim just fine. And eventually, it ran excellent-looking games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening etc.

Over these seven years, Nintendo and its third-party partners proved that power does not matter when it comes to releasing creative games on a platform. Eventually, Doom, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, and a bunch of Assassin’s Creed games made their way to the Nintendo Switch too. To this day, this library keeps on expanding with games like The Witcher 3 and Arkham Trilogy. And the Nintendo Switch pulled it off with just 4 GB of RAM and a nine-year-old SoC. It is nothing else but an incredible achievement.

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The new console, which has yet to be named, is expected to feature a lot more than this, though. It is being suggested that this new upcoming console would feature a chip that would be equivalent to Nvidia’s RTX GPUs in power. This chip would support hardware ray tracing and Nvidia’s own DLSS upscaling.

Ray Tracing is pretty self-explanatory; gamers would be able to experience much more realistic lighting in their games. DLSS, on the other hand, would be the technology that would prove even more useful.

It’s an upscale that can increase performance by upscaling a game to a higher resolution, as it internally runs at a much lower aspect ratio. This means players can now see many more games with native resolution when playing handheld. And maybe around 2K or even 4K when playing docked.

Even if these claims turn out to be fabrications, there is still no doubt that the Nintendo Switch 2 will be immensely more powerful than its predecessor.

This console might have a much larger library of games

When it comes to games, most Nintendo buyers are looking for exclusives. And Nintendo never disappoints; they are known for making some very high-quality games. Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario Bros. Wonder are just some examples of their excellent first-party offerings. But with the Nintendo Switch, they have started doing a bunch of interesting things. For one, they brought back their Metroid series to the spotlight. They announced Metroid Prime 4, and then they launched Metroid Dread.

While Metroid Prime 4 has yet to see a launch, Metroid Dread received excellent reviews at launch. Nintendo also released Metroid Prime remastered for the Nintendo Switch. Then Nintendo embraced the mature gaming crowd and co-funded and released those excellent Bayonetta sequels for this console. No doubt Nintendo would be doing something similar for the Nintendo Switch 2.

But there are chances this console will get even better games. Metroid Prime 4 is said to be a cross-generation title, which means fans would get a better version on Switch 2. On the other hand, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door remake, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and Super Mario RPG Remake are also said to be cross-generation titles.

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If this was not enough, there was a rumor suggesting that once Nintendo announced its new console. Fans would see massive growth in third-party games on that platform. They suggested that most developers would start announcing all their games for Nintendo Switch 2 alongside the other platforms. This suggests that the Nintendo Switch 2 would somewhat rival consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X in power.

Then there’s the talk of older games getting upgraded for Switch 2. Yes, any fan who bought a game for the original Switch might end up getting their game updated with better visuals and/or performance for the next console.

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A better line-up of third-party games and a couple of interesting launch titles would ensure that this console starts in better condition. And its power would ensure that it has better-looking and running games. No doubt, if these things happen, fans will be enticed to get their hands on this new console.

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Rohit Sejwal

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?Stories hit way better when you are part of them!? Which is why I am a gamer first, writer second and a filmmaker as well. Being associated with movies has given me a very different perspective on gaming. Writing about video games has been on my mind for years and being an eSports writer at EssentiallySports gave me that chance.
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