Earlier today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held the Bafta Games Awards. These awards turned out pretty well for Nintendo, with the company’s products being nominated for nearly every category and winning quite a few of them with titles like Super Mario Odyssey and the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
However, what really got people’s attention was not the ceremony. Oh no, it was the follow up interview the BBC held afterwards.
That’s because in that video, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi made reference to a new system that Nintendo was supposedly working on. Here’s his original comment from the interview, as translated by a nearby interpreter:
Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development. You may see the new system sometime in the future.
As you can tell, it’s certainly an interesting hint towards an unannounced system. But is it really a big deal?
Well, to be honest it’s hard to know.
Because you see, Nintendo is always working on new hardware. Seriously, that’s how the company operates. Whenever one system comes out, they start work on its successor shortly after. Same with their games, with each Mario and Zelda title usually starting developing not long after the previous one wraps up.
Yet that doesn’t mean said new games and systems are coming ‘soon’. It just means they’re in development right now.
And nothing in the video contradicts that. Indeed, Mr Takahashi doesn’t say the system is coming in the ‘near future’, nor does it say it’s coming ‘soon’. Heck, he doesn’t even give a timeframe from when it might be announced.
Just that you ‘may see the new system sometime in the future’.
And well, given that Nintendo’s always working on new things (and that they’ll inevitably be releasing new games and systems in the future), that quote really just reaffirms what we already know.
So don’t panic about it, okay? Relax, and remember that Nintendo is always working on new products, even many years before they’re due to be released.