Nintendo has put a stop to rumours about its new hardware, whether it’s the long-rumoured Switch Pro or otherwise, by declaring that a Switch successor won’t be released until April 2024 at the earliest.
As reported by Bloomberg, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa explained during an investors presentation that it isn’t considering new hardware in the 2023/24 financial year. This means that Nintendo’s next home console won’t be released until late April 2024 at the earliest.
This comes despite a decline in Switch sales. The console sold close to 18 million units in the last financial year, down from 23 million sold the year before and 28 million the year before that. Nintendo isn’t looking to rush a new console out to tackle this decline though, as it has forecast another drop for the coming year.
“Sustaining the Switch’s sales momentum will be difficult in its seventh year,” said Furukawa during the presentation. “Our goal of selling 15 million units this fiscal year is a bit of a stretch, but we will do our best to bolster demand going into the holiday season so that we can achieve the goal.”
Rumours surrounding a new console have been circulating for years, with even analysts unsure if Nintendo was planning to release the Switch 2 (for lack of a better name) as early as 2021. The new console was said to offer boosted graphics akin to the PlayStation 4 and its Pro model, but there is no official information regarding the next piece of Nintendo hardware yet.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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