Report: Nintendo had a secret Switch 2 demo, here’s what we know

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Some attendees at Gamescom reportedly got to feast their eyes on the upcoming “Nintendo Switch 2” console with a tech demo, and none there were the wiser. 

Rumors about the Nintendo Switch 2 have been churning for years and even before that, many gamers thought Nintendo would release a Nintendo Switch Pro. Powerful, portable gaming hardware keeps becoming has become the standard and companies are releasing their own handheld PCs such as the Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally. That increased competition has made the Switch feel more and more outdated over time.

The Nintendo Switch is a fan favorite though, and the seemlessness of being able to play in bed in handheld mode or pop it into the dock for playing on the TV remains unmatched. The Switch has captivated the hearts of many and fans will be happy to know a new version of the Switch may be closer than ever. 

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Nintendo Switch 2 tech demo included new version of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

According to reports, a secret Nintendo Switch 2 tech demo at Gamescom 2023 included a new version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This tech demo involved third-party developers behind closed doors, with Nintendo looking to show off what the hardware was capable of.

The report comes via Eurogamer, with the outlet stressing that this does not mean that the game is set to be remastered or re-released on Switch 2. None of this has been publicly confirmed by any of the potential attendees or Nintendo. Nintendo has not even officially confirmed plans for a next-gen console. Nintendo is historically more secretive than most companies in the game industry, with past Nintendo consoles including the Switch catching people by surprise. 

Nintendo hasn’t publicly said anywhere what their plans are for the next-gen console. Reports from other outlets indicate that it will be released in late 2024. 

Nintendo Switch 2 specs teased by leaker on Twitter

The next-gen Nintendo Console could have 12 GB RAM consumers and ray tracing capabilities, according to a notable leaker

Felipe Lima, who has scooped Nintendo on announcing Nintendo Direct events in the past, offered those numbers on Twitter. Once again Nintendo has not officially confirmed any plans for a Nintendo Switch successor, nor any details regarding its hardware. 

Gamers can definitely expect that the next-generation Nintendo console will have much better specs than the Nintendo Switch. The platform struggled with handling games like Rocket League and Apex Legends. Stronger hardware could bring more AAA games to the console without the extended delays seen with games like Nier: Automata and The Witcher 3.

The device is also rumored to have backward compatibility as well, meaning some Nintendo Switch games could be playable on the new console. With the probability of a new Nintendo Direct happening soon, maybe fans will get a sneak peek soon enough.

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