Nintendo Reportedly Asking Developers to Make 4K-Ready Games, Suggesting Switch Upgrade

Nintendo is reportedly asking developers to make 4K-ready games, which could suggest that a new, higher-resolution console is on the way

A Bloomberg report about Nintendo’s plans to boost Switch production includes a brief mention of Nintendo’s apparent request. Third-party developers have reportedly been asked “to make their games 4K-ready,” which implies the company is at least considering a model of the console that can output at a higher resolution than Switch is currently capable of.

That report comes shortly after we heard rumours of a new Nintendo Switch model with a better display. Those rumours say the console is currently in production, and is due for release in Q1 2021. Rumours of a Switch Pro have been bubbling for some time, with numerous reports arriving in January suggesting that the console would launch later in 2020. Nintendo was quick to bat away these rumours, noting that they had “no plans” to launch a new Nintendo Switch model this year.

As for the current Switch models, Bloomberg notes that, after recovering from the effects of the Coronavirus on its supply chain, Nintendo has apparently increased production of the console once again to meet demand, with 30 million units set as the new goal for this fiscal year, according to the report’s sources.

In other Nintendo news, demand for the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection has made it the second best-selling game of 2020 on Amazon, coming in just behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Nintendo Switch eShop also just received a series of customer-friendly improvements, such as being able to cancel pre-orders without payment up to a week before release.


Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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