Shortly after the Nintendo Switch was revealed, we got the confirmation that it was Nvidia’s technology (and not AMD’s) that was powering the console. This is a pretty big deal for Nintendo, but also for Nvidia: according to the CEO of the company (Jen-Hsun Huang) the Nintendo Switch has already contributed a “fair amount” of revenue for Nvidia’s gaming division.
Here also made some pretty interesting comments about the Nintendo Switch:
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.
It’s not too surprising that Nintendo would stick with Nvidia for a long time. After all, completely switching architecture isn’t something you want to do often. What’s more, Nintendo (and more precisely Satoru Iwata) talked several times of an architecture akin to iOS or Android, and sticking to the same company is definitely the best thing to achieve that.
Jen-Hsun Huang explains that Nvidia has been working with Nintendo for almost two years, which means that work on the Nintendo Switch architecture began in earnest in late 2014/early 2015. In other words, when Nintendo first mentioned the NX, in March 2015, it was way too early to show anything at all, which explains the long delay between the first mention and the reveal.
Finally, he believes that their relationship with Nintendo will “likely last two decades”, which is a pretty confident statement. There’s no doubt Nvidia is already working on another device for Nintendo, though it’s obviously too early to know what it will be like.