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If you are waiting for a new Nintendo Switch this year to slip it under the tree, the Japanese giant would not plan to launch a new console during this fiscal year, which ends in March 2023.
It is the very serious Japanese media Nikkei which reports this information after the presentation of the company’s financial results. Fans waiting for a possible next-gen Nintendo Switch will have to take their troubles patiently: no Nintendo console should see the light of day before next year.
No new Nintendo console until next year
Launched in 2017, the original Nintendo Switch has since had two iterations: the Switch Lite in 2019 and the Switch OLED in 2021. But many fans are eagerly awaiting a more powerful model with better screen definition, offering enhanced graphics. Despite some clues suggesting the development of a new console at Nintendo, the Japanese company said a year ago that no Switch Pro was on the program.
Information corroborated by the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. On the sidelines of the announcement of Nintendo’s financial results, marked by a drop in sales of its consoles, but a good performance in software and games, its president (Shuntaro Furukawa) announced that the company’s priority today is today to deal with the shortage of components and the supply problems affecting the company.
It is also during this interview that we learn that no new Nintendo console will be released during this financial year, which ends in March 2023. This year will also be the sixth anniversary of the console and could mark a turning point in Nintendo’s strategy.
With nearly 110 million Switches sold worldwide since launch, Nintendo will take a risky turn with the announcement of a new console. If the company decides to market a more powerful model of Switch with more graphically ambitious games, this implies leaving aside the very many users of current consoles. A break that the company has already made by releasing the Wii U after the huge success of the Wii.
Nintendo is far from abandoning its Switch models for the moment, with a catalog of promising games at the end of the year. Are expected in particular Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 2 or even Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.