Nintendo will be launching a brand new console in March, and for the first time in several generations they’re starting fresh with all-new architecture. Nintendo Switch will be powered by a custom version of the Nvidia Tegra processor, and Nvidia is very optimistic about what it means for their future.
Speaking with investors during a recent earnings call, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that Nintendo has already contributed “a fair amount” to his company’s revenue growth. He went on to praise Nintendo Switch, and he even suggested that Nvidia is likely to work on Nintendo hardware for the next twenty years.
“I guess you could also say that Nintendo contributed a fair amount to that growth. And over the next – as you know, the Nintendo architecture and the company tends to stick with an architecture for a very long time. And so we’ve worked with them now for almost two years. Several hundred engineering years have gone into the development of this incredible game console. I really believe when everybody sees it and enjoy it, they’re going be amazed by it. It’s really like nothing they’ve ever played with before. And of course, the brand, their franchise and their game content is incredible. And so I think this is a relationship that will likely last two decades and I’m super excited about it.”
— Jen-Hsun Huang
Nintendo used the same basic architecture for GameCube, Wii, and Wii U, so securing the contract for Nintendo Switch could easily become a decades-long relationship. Of course, that could very well depend on how well the system performs.
Source: Nvidia (via Seeking Alpha)