News about the next Nintendo console to come after the Nintendo Switch is starting to heat up. Rumors about a Switch 2 have circulated for some time, with many different outlets publishing reports at various times in the last few years. According to some, developer kits for the Nintendo Switch successor have been out in the wild for some time, allowing devs hands-on time with the next version of Nintendo hardware. Many have been suspicious about that, but others have confirmed to have spoken with anonymous developers who have gotten their hands on a Switch 2 dev kit. But something else may now be lending credibility to many of the rumors being passed around.
According to a report published by Eurogamer, Nintendo had a behind-closed-doors demo of the Switch 2 for developers at Gamescom 2023. This comes after sources to Eurogamer spoke with them and detailed how the company was meeting with its partners to show various demos of the Switch 2. The demos were made to show how well the system runs and discuss aspects of its potential. Although no other name was mentioned, everyone is still referring to the new hardware as Switch 2.
In the report, details about the demos being shown included a showcase of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on a Switch 2. It was designed to display how the game would work on the new hardware and achieve results on the target specs for the console. However, no confirmation was made about Breath of the Wild being ported over to the new hardware. Details about Eurogamer’s report were corroborated by VGC with additional sources that spoke with them about the demos being held at Gamescom.
Some past reports about the next Nintendo console have suggested that we could finally see the new hardware sometime in 2024. But Nintendo has yet to discuss anything about their next console, let alone publicly discuss any plans for what comes next after the Nintendo Switch. Back in early 2023 during the company’s financial report, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that we wouldn’t be seeing or hearing anything about a new console in 2023. This led many to believe we probably wouldn’t see the company discuss anything about Switch 2 until after March 2024, going into the next fiscal year.
In addition to all of this, Nintendo still has a number of Switch games that are incoming towards the end of this year, including Super Mario Bros. Wonder and the remake of Super Mario RPG. They also have games that were announced a long time ago that have not been given any updates since. This includes the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4, which was teased years ago but never given a solid release date. There is a possibility that we may see a game like that discussed more after Nintendo finally opens up about the Switch 2, but that’s anyone’s guess for now. We’ll have to wait and see when Nintendo is finally ready to confirm anything about their next console, but conversations behind the scenes appear to be happening already.
When do you think that Nintendo will finally discuss their next console? What games do you want to see launch with the Switch 2? Was there enough time for the Nintendo Switch to be around? Let us know your thoughts about everything down below in the comment section!
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