It looks like Nintendo still plans on supporting the Switch after the eventual Nintendo Switch 2 comes out. Beyond the handheld/console hybrid still being supported, there’s also some indication that the current NSO service will be cross-platform, which means no double-dipping on online pay.
The job listing from NERD (Nintendo European Research and Development) specifically mentions a position with cross-platform development. Considering how there’s no other system Nintendo is supporting right now, it’s safe to assume that this is for a Switch successor.
Nintendo did previously state that they would be continuously supporting NSO for the Switch, though they didn’t say how consistent that support is. Currently, there is no set schedule on when the service will be adding new games to the various emulators, which is annoying. Whatever the case, it looks like that same service is coming to the Switch 2.
As of this writing, the company has been stubbornly quiet about a Switch 2 and have only revealed a couple of new games coming this year. Thankfully, one of them is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which is sure to sell a ton of copies. However, it’s clear that the Switch’s current capabilities are limiting what the company can do right now.
Fans have been critical of Nintendo’s recent actions, including closing the eShops for the 3DS and Wii U. While they are old and outdates consoles, those systems were the only way to legally buy some classic games. You could play all of the classic Pokémon games on 3DS, while the Wii U was home to GBA and N64 games.
Rumours about the Switch 2 have been everywhere, though it’s hard to say for sure just how much of an improvement it will be over the current model. While we doubt that it will be a Steam Deck killer, most of us won’t mind as long as the system can play old Switch games.