Nintendo Switch 2 officially confirmed, here’s when to expect details

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Nintendo has just confirmed the existence of the Switch 2, and its official announcement may be coming sooner than many fans expected.

It has been nine years since the initial announcement of the Nintendo Switch in March 2015. During that time, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 140 million units, making it the second best-selling device from the company behind only the Nintendo DS. Despite that success, fans have wondered why the Nintendo Switch still hasn’t seen a successor.

It’s likely Nintendo didn’t feel the need to release a new console given the Switch’s success. Even so, all good things come to an end, and the famous video game company has finally made it official. Company CEO Shuntaro Furukawa has confirmed that the console is coming.

Is the Nintendo Switch 2 confirmed?

Nintendo has confirmed the existence of the successor console broadly known as the Nintendo Switch 2.  In the past, Nintendo remained tight-lipped about the Nintendo Switch’s successor. Though multiple reports detailed a follow-up console, all the way down to the Switch 2’s potential specs, no official confirmation was made until now. 

Furukawa also said that Nintendo will officially announce the Switch 2 between June 2024 to March 2025. Notably, Furukawa additionally confirmed that the announcement would not take place during the Nintendo Direct event in June 2024. Instead, that showcase will focus on software and games intended for the current edition of the console. That may make this the last time the console gets a Direct showcase of its very own. 

When is the release date of the Nintendo Switch 2?

Nintendo has not yet confirmed a release date for the Switch 2, despite confirming its existence. Some fans worry the Switch 2 will follow its predecessor’s release rollout. Nintendo initially announced the Nintendo Switch as “NX” at a press conference in March 2015. The Nintendo Switch would not actually launch until two years later on March 2017.

Speculation put the Switch’s release date sometime between late 2025 and early 2026. The backlash to the Wii U seemed to make Nintendo take special care of the Switch’s development. Given the Switch’s success, Nintendo likely wasn’t in the same rush as they were with the release of the Wii U. Either way, fans can rest a bit easier knowing that the much-anticipated console does officially exist. 

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Written by Gab Hernandez

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