Now that the Switch is basically 7 years old, we’re all very familiar with the platform’s menu system and user interface. There’s no doubt Nintendo is cooking up something similar, yet improved for the Switch successor, but today brings us a look back rather than a glimpse at what’s to come.

While we can’t confirm it 100%, it appears that some pictures of the Switch menu have surfaced that come from way back before Nintendo even released the hardware. These images are supposedly menu mockups that Nintendo worked on, and they were found on a prototype Switch NAND (non-volatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data).

While all the bits and pieces are there, it’s clear Nintendo was toying with placement of certain aspects on the Switch menu. The same goes for sizing, with some areas being bigger/smaller than how they appear on the final version of the Switch. Probably of most interest to Nintendo fans are the various avatar designs that never saw release to the public.

Again, you’d have to imagine that Nintendo will use an iteration of the Switch’s menus on the Switch successor, but you never know. Perhaps Nintendo will complete reinvent the wheel once again. Which approach would you rather see them take?

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

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5M ago

I don't mind the current menu UI. At most I wanted more color options for customization.

It doesn't need to be a flashy menu that'll eventually bog down the experience, or similar to other consoles requires its own chunk of RAM just to function in the background.


5M ago

And it looks better than what we've got.