Not ready to talk specifics
Nintendo held their The 83rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders a few days back, and as you expect, those shareholders had a wide range of questions they lobbed at Nintendo.
One person was interested in knowing if Nintendo’s next platform would be backwards compatible with Switch. In particular, this person mentioned that Wii U/3DS games couldn’t be brought over to Switch, and they’d be saddened to see the same situation happen with Switch to whatever comes next.
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa wasn’t ready to share any specifics about Nintendo’s next piece of hardware, but he did talk about digital/physical software philosophies in general. You can see some of his statement below, as translated by Robert Sephazon. (h/t VGC)
“We are always considering various things about the specifications of future hardware, but at this stage, I would like to refrain from making any specific comments about future hardware.
As for the sales style of Nintendo Switch software, there are different types like physical package software bought in stores, download versions of package software, and download-only software.
Many of our customers have been playing on the Nintendo Switch with download software or download-only software, and compared to previous game consoles, the ratio of digital sales has been increasing.
As a company, we would like to continue proposing unique gameplay through dedicated game consoles that integrate hardware and software in the future, so please look forward to it.”
UPDATE: You can now see the official question and answer in English, as Nintendo has released their translation of the Shareholders Q&A.