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Nintendo Switch 2: Everything We Know About the New Console

It’s been over six years since the Nintendo Switch launched in 2017, and after a long and successful reign, you may be wondering what new piece of hardware will be next. We’ve seen updates to the current switch with the OLED and Lite models, though we’re still in the dark on what Nintendo’s next-gen offering could be.


After becoming the
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in history this year, it’s fair to say that Nintendo might want to keep things close to its chest. Yet, even with all the secrecy surrounding the possibility of a new Nintendo Switch, we’ve collected all the details we could find about the mystery follow-up ahead of its eventual official announcement and release.

Nintendo Switch 2 Release Date - Latest News


While Nintendo hasn’t yet announced any official follow-up to their incredibly successful Nintendo Switch console, there are enough rumors swirling about to make us believe a reveal will likely happen sometine in 2024.

Recent court documents as part of the
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revealed that
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. While a good chunk of the email exchange was redacted, it did mention the "NG Switch." Activision’s Brad Smith confirmed a 10-year
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earlier this year, announcing the game will be available “the same day as Xbox, with full feature and content parity".

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Nintendo’s president,
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with
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, and translated by
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, that Nintendo will support the current-gen Switch until at least March 2025. This sentiment is also backed up by previous comments Furukawa made
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in a
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in 2022. In this interview, he committed to focusing on “building long-term relationships with our consumers (through Nintendo Accounts)," he went on to reiterate ", While continuing to release new Nintendo Switch software for consumers to enjoy, we aim to maintain relationships across hardware generations through services that utilize Nintendo Accounts and by providing opportunities for them to experience our IP through other non-gaming channels."

During Gamescom 2023,
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reported that the
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at the show, showing off a “souped up” version of one of the Nintendo Switch’s most beloved games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While a potential demo device doesn’t directly mean a consumer product will be on the market soon, it does indicate Nintendo may be looking forward to what’s next and likely wants game developers to get ready for what the future can offer.

First reported by
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, a
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concerning games software company AI Shark – previously GameShark – may have revealed some
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for the ‘Nintendo Switch 2’. The release claimed that the company's new AI-powered game software launch would “coincide with the Nintendo Switch 2 in September 2024”. However, as of writing, the excerpt has been removed from the press release, with the company backtracking on the launch window in follow-up comments to
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.

In addition,
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that an AI Shark spokesperson told him the brand was ‘just guessing’ about the date in the company’s
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press release.

While there is no official word from Nintendo, Kantan games analyst Dr Serkan Toto noted in a
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that he anticipates a
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for the rumoured new device. In the same interview, Toto predicted that the supposed ‘Nintendo Switch 2’ would be “an iteration rather than a revolution“ and “similar to the current Switch”. This aligns historically with Nintendo’s approach to previous handhelds, such as the jump between the Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS, which maintained many of the original device’s features and aesthetics while delivering a series of iterative changes.

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Nintendo Switch 2 Price


There are plenty of Nintendo Switch models to consider while shopping right now, with pricing shifting dramatically depending on the version you’re looking to invest in. Looking forward to a potential Switch 2, inflation and internal specs, amongst other variables, will likely play a part in what we’ll pay for a new console at launch.

It’s hard to know what the pricing of this mystery device will be, but we’ve listed the RRP of the current range of Nintendo Switch models as a reference:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite: $199.99
  • Nintendo Switch: $299.99
  • Nintendo Switch OLED: $349.99

Nintendo Switch 2 Models


With the range of
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currently on the market, you may be left wondering if you’ll have the same number of choices to pick between when the next iteration rolls around.

The latest Nintendo Switch OLED model features a remarkable screen, and it feels like the future of the console, it being the most recent edition to Nintendo’s lineup. However, according to a
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, the next-gen Nintendo Switch may potentially feature an LCD screen instead.

The current array of Nintendo Switch models are numerous and were released over the console’s multi-year lifespan, so it’s reasonable to believe there may be several versions of a potential Nintendo Switch follow-up, too.

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Nintendo Switch Design - What Will the Nintendo Switch 2 Look Like?


There isn’t a lot of information on how Nintendo’s next-gen console will look, though there are plenty of features in the current-gen Nintendo Switch we’d love to see return for a follow-up console.

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reported that
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are already with partner studios, with sources citing some returning features. According to VGC’s report, the new Nintendo Switch could keep the portability of its predecessor and feature a cartridge slot for physical games.

In May 2023, a
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and published in September, which suggests a potential revamped Joy-Con controller that would hopefully help with the notorious
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associated with the Nintendo Switch.

The patent details a magnetic field for controls rather than the plastic circuit boards seen in the current generation console. However, it’s worth mentioning that patents don’t necessarily translate directly to future products, so there’s no guarantee on whether the Nintendo Switch 2 will feature updated Joy-Cons, and we’ll have to wait for official word from Nintendo on that front.

Will the Nintendo Switch 2 be Backwards Compatible?


As rumors swirl about the possibility of a Nintendo Switch 2, the question of backwards compatibility is naturally on everyone's lips. In the absence of any official reveals, there isn’t much to go on at this time. However, in a recent
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, the aptly named Nintendo of America president, Doug Bowser,
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of the brand’s approach to software.

While Bowser opted to deny commenting on anything related to the rumored console, he did talk about the Nintendo Account system that players’ digital libraries are currently tied to on the Nintendo Switch. “In the past, every device we transitioned to had a whole new account system. Creating the Nintendo Account will allow us to communicate with our players if and when we make a transition to a new platform, to help ease that process or transition.” This dedication to the Nintendo Account model could suggest that all of our favorite
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may work on the company’s next console whenever it lands. Regardless, given the precious little that we know right now, we’ll have to take this information with a pinch of salt and not get ahead of ourselves.

As it stands now, it is unclear whether or not Nintendo Switch accessories will be combatible with the new model either. It's possible that all of your Nintendo Switch controllers will work with the


Sarah Thwaites is a freelance tech writer at IGN, with bylines at GameInformer, TrustedReviews, NME and more.

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