According to prominent leaker and insider NateTheHate on a recent episode of the Game and Talk podcast, Nintendo will be announcing its next console sometime next month. While he did not reveal the format of the announcement, as it could be revealed in a basic announcement or a full event, he states that he based this information on details he learned at Gamescom. Additionally, according to a recent report from Universo Nintendo’s editor-in-chief Felipe Lima which cites his own anonymous sources, “multiple development companies/publishing partners of Nintendo are preparing to announce their projects, and that several retail stores are moving to prepare the start of pre-sales of the system.” It’s worth noting these claims have yet to be confirmed by Nintendo. Last week, YouTuber Nintendo Prime stated that he was messaged by a reputable GameStop “Insider” who claims that the corporation is currently informing stores to prepare for upcoming pre-orders of Nintendo’s next console. The insider also claims that he expects the console to be revealed no later than March.
According to several anonymous sources from VGC and Eurogamer, who have “knowledge of Nintendo’s next-gen console”, the next console will launch in the second half of 2024, and the console’s development kits have already been handed out to several partner studios. Additionally, some sources claimed that like the Nintendo Switch, the console will have a portable mode, and it will launch with an LCD screen as opposed to an OLED screen, to reduce costs and required storage for games. The console will also run physical games via a cartridge slot similar to the Nintendo Switch. Details about the console’s backwards compatibility have yet to be revealed. None of these claims have officially been confirmed by Nintendo.
According to Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, the publisher will keep releasing new titles and content for Nintendo Switch “without being bound by the traditional concept of the platform lifecycle,” and states that the company “would like to continue to see many consumers play Nintendo Switch, and to maintain our business momentum.” This statement was made during the company’s second quarter financial results presentation as spotted by Gematsu. It likely means that the Switch will continue to receive support even after a new console is eventually released. Additionally, Furukawa also stated that the paid Nintendo Switch Online service has surpassed a total of 38 million registered users as of September 30, 2023, and that the company also plans on “expanding the content available through Nintendo Switch Online.”