Could the Nintendo Switch 2 be on the way? The original Nintendo Switch is a significant way through its expected life-cycle. Having had a few iterations since its launch in 2017, namely the Nintendo Switch Lite and the Nintendo Switch OLED, this impressive handheld device has shipped over has shipped 129 million units as of June 2023, making it Nintendo's best-selling console of all time.
Plenty of Nintendo's big-hitter franchises received entries on the Switch, from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (and its sequel Tears of the Kingdom), to Super Mario Odyssey, to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. With so many impressive titles under its belt, the Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a memorable handheld console. But some fans are eager to look ahead to what Nintendo is planning for its next console. Rumors have been flying for some time that the company is working on the Nintendo Switch 2, and a few pieces of information have since emerged that suggest the device is very much real.
Below, we'll discuss everything we know about the Nintendo Switch 2 so far, including its expected release date, price, rumors, and any pieces of news that bubble to the surface.
Update 11 September: This article has been updated with the latest leaks and rumors surrounding the Nintendo Switch 2.
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Nintendo Switch 2 News: Everything We Know So Far
As highlighted by GameRant, Universo Nintendo's Felipe Lima reported that the Nintendo Switch 2 will include 12GB of RAM. This puts it above the original Nintendo Switch, which has 4GB, and the Xbox Series S which has 10GB.
Sadly, Lima's claims do not suggest which technology the Nintendo Switch 2 will utilize, though GameRant speculate that the GDDR5 RAM found in the PS4 and Xbox One seems like the most logical choice.
As reported by Eurogamer, Nintendo reportedly demoed the Nintendo Switch 2 to developers at his year's Gamescom. Though Nintendo did have a public booth on the Gamescom showfloor, the studio were supposedly active behind closed doors, with developer presentations and tech demos of the rumored console.
One of the tech demos that was reportedly shown was for Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The demo was seemingly used to showcase some of the Switch 2's target specifications.
A report by VGC claimed that "Development kits for Nintendo's next console are now with key partner studios." While exact details of the console were kept very much underwraps, those that VGC spoke to claimed that the next-gen console would be operated in a very similar way to the Nintendo Switch. For some, this was enough to convince them that Nintendo's next console would be a follow-up to the Nintendo Switch.
The report also spoke of sources who claimed that the console would launch with an LCD screen rather than an OLED in order to keep costs down. The system will be able to use physical catridges, alongside digital downloads, and be backwards compatible with Switch games.
The report suggests that the new console could bet targeting a 2024 release window.
Nintendo Switch 2 Rumored Features
So far, the Nintendo Switch 2 is rumored to have the following features:
- LCD screen
- Physical cartridges
- Backwards compatibility with Nintendo Switch
- Improved specifications
- Portable mode
- 12GB RAM
Nintendo Switch 2 Predicted Release Date
At the time of writing, Nintendo has yet to reveal any official details on the rumored Switch 2. However, as reported by various outlets and sources, the company are reportedly aiming for a 2024 release window. VGC suggested that the console would be released during the second half of 2024, in order to ensure that there's enough stock available on day one to "avoid the shortages seen with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S."
Nintendo Switch 2 Predicted Price
At the time of writing, there are no official details on the rumored Nintendo Switch 2, including for its price. However, we can speculate based on the price of Nintendo's past launch console prices. The Nintendo Switch lanuched in 2017 at $299.99 in the US, £279.99 in the UK and 29,980 yen ($260) in Japan. This price was for the console on its own, and more expensive options were available for bundles.
With the release of current-gen consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, it has not been uncommon to see hardware launch upwards of $400. The PS5 base edition (with disk drive) launched at$499 in the US. The Xbox Series X|S launched as the same price. It's highly likely that we could see the Nintendo Switch 2 launch at a similar price point, such as $400, owing to the fact that it will likely be less powerful than Sony or Microsoft's consoles.