Ninfinity logo

The logo for the Ninfinity Console

The Ninfinity Console is an upcoming video game console released by Nintendo. It's name comes from a portmanteau of the words "Nintendo" and "Infinity", which Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said came from the in-house code for the console, the N-8, with 8 being an infinity sign turned on its side. Announced in June 2020, the console is set to be released in March 2021 as a direct competitor to Sony's Playstation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X, with hardware comparable to those machines. It is the first Nintendo console since the Gamecube to actively seek out 3rd party support for games, and plays more like a traditional console than either the Wii, WiiU, or Switch, although it shares some hardware similarities with the latter of those consoles.

The console is set to be released with a series of anticipated launch titles, including Super Smash Bros. InfinityMetroid Prime 4, MarioKart 9, F-Zero (2021) and Kid Icarus: Apotheosis as well as ports of Switch titles Super Mario OdysseyAnimal Crossing: New Horizons and No More Heroes III

Production History

The Ninfinity began life as an update to the Nintendo Switch hardware, in an effort to create a console that would appeal to gaming fans on the same level as the Playstation 5 or XBox Series X. Tentatively titled the "Switch HD", the console was to sacrifice the portability of the Nintendo Switch in favor of enhanced graphics and sound design, as well as would feature a traditional game controller similar in design to the classic Gamecube Controller. However, by late 2019, it was decided that going forward with a Switch HD would not be economically viable, given the rapidly changing video game landscape, and the console was instead moved into development as its own stand alone console. This was officially announced in June 2020, during what would have been Nintendo's E3 conference show (due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the E3 conference had been canceled, leading to Nintendo releasing their showcase as a Nintendo Direct instead.)

The console used Disc-based games, though it also utilized cloud memory storage for some more advanced gaming  and graphical features, such that some games (like Smash Bros. Infinity) would require a stable online connection to access all features (in this case, the single player mode). The console could support up to four players in local multiplayer, as well as several more in online play through Nintendo's Online Service. Nintendo announced that they had spent close to $10 million dollars upgrading all online servers to create an enhanced online experience, in response to their reputation for having poor online connectivity.

Super Smash Bros. Infinity was the first confirmed launch title, an "enhanced remake" of the best selling game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Also announced in the June Nintendo Direct were MarioKart 9, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 (renamed Rebellion of the Wild) as well as the long delayed Metroid Prime 4 and in a huge surprise, a new F-Zero. It was also announced that Nintendo had purchased several IP's from Microsoft's Rareware Studios, returning classic IP's Banjo-KazooieJet Force Gemini and Perfect Dark into possible Ninfinity titles, with a Perfect Dark HD remake announced for release later in 2021. 

Due to the basic similarities between Switch hardware and that of the Ninfinity, several top-selling Switch games were announced to be ported over to the Ninfinity, including Super Mario OdysseyNo More Heroes IIISplatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Several third party companies, notably EA Sports, also announced titles that would be available at or shortly after launch.

Launch Titles

Announced Nintendo Titles (No Release Dates)

  • Perfect Dark HD
  • Pikmin 4
  • Clayfighter Resculpted
  • DKC Trilogy
  • The Legend of Zelda: Rebellion of the Wild
  • Pokeverse

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