Nintendo calls their new console the Switch 2 and New Switch claims insider

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Will the next Mario Party be for Switch 1 or 2? (Nintendo)

It’s claimed that Nintendo has the same unofficial name for the Switch 2 as fans do, as more evidence emerges for a new Mario Party.

For years now fans have been referring to Nintendo’s next console as the Switch 2. Not necessarily because they think that’s what it’ll be called but without anything else to go on it’s the most obvious way to refer to it.

It seems Nintendo themselves feel the same way, as according to a Japanese source they use the terms ‘Switch 2’ and ‘New Switch’ to refer to the console when speaking to Sega and Atlus.

That is not necessarily what it will eventually be called but if it makes sense – in that the console is at least physically similar to the Switch – then it may well end up sticking.

Insider Midori has long been a reliable source of information on the industry in Japan, although many of her leaks are rather uninteresting or vague, about codenames and general plans for the future.

Her recent tease about a Zelda: Breath Of The Wild remake was different though as it not only hinted at a possible launch title but gave an insight into how Nintendo creates and uses codenames.

More recently, she was trying to explain how U-King-O makes sense as a codename for the remake, and how it follows the same pattern for previous Nintendo games and consoles, when she revealed the information about the Switch 2 and New Switch.

Although Switch 2 is self-explanatory, ‘New Switch’ also follows the format of the New Nintendo 3DS, with the idea of adding a prefix to the front of a game or console name stretching all the way back to the Super NES.

There’s still no guarantee that the final console will be called either name, but it does imply something about how similar the new console may be to the old.

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In another example of how seemingly nonsensical codenames can be useful, Midori also states that there’s a game in development at Nintendo codenamed Banquet, by developers NDcube and SmileBoom.

SmileBoom are quite obscure, with their most popular product being game creation tool RPG Developer Bakin, but NDcube have been working with Nintendo since the early 2000s.

They’ve made all the recent Mario Party games, with several employees previously having worked at original Mario Party developer Hudson Soft.

Add that to the fact that the secret project is codenamed Banquet, while the codename of the previous Mario Party game was Buffet, and it’s really not a stretch to imagine that a …read more

Source:: Metro


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