With the recent announcements of the Xbox Series X and PS5, fans are beginning to speculate what the successor to Nintendo's much-loved fusion console, the Switch, will look like.
Will it follow in the footsteps of the Wii, Wii U and Switch, or will it make a dramatic shift to high-tech home consoling, a la its Microsoft and Sony competitors?
While the Switch is only three years old, and continues to sell incredibly well (partially thanks to the popularity of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has reportedly sold better than the entire Metroid franchise), anticipation for Nintendo's eighth home console is at an all-time high, thanks in part to the gaming giant's lack of big announcements for the rest of 2020, as well as the persistent rumours of a Switch Pro that have been floating around for the better part of a year.
Indeed, some feel the success of the Switch might represent a move away from traditional consoles, especially given the popularity of the handheld-only Switch Lite and Nintendo's failures to match its immediate competitors in terms of graphics and third-party releases.
Nonetheless, the popularity of Mario, Zelda and other Ninty-exclusive franchises ensure there'll always be a market for a Switch successor, however that may look.
When Matteo isn't cashing in on a lifetime of devotion to his favourite pop culture franchises and indie bands, he's writing and publishing poems and short stories under the name Teo Eve. Talk about range.