Nintendo Switch 2 set for early 2025 release according to reports

A Nintendo Switch on a red and white patterned background
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A Nintendo Switch on a red and white patterned background
Credit: Nintendo

A new report by gaming journalist Pedro Lutti shared on the O X do Controle podcast suggests that the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch follow-up will be released in early 2025.

Lutti's report was later corroborated by Video Games Chronicle, which stated that they had heard from multiple sources of their own that third-party game companies were briefed on the Switch 2's delay due to Nintendo's decision to build up a stronger first-party library, thus pushing the system's launch until next year.

This report lines up with original leaks that suggested a Nintendo Switch follow-up was scheduled to be released at some point in 2024. Now, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

We've had a few indications the Switch 2 could be released around March of next year, a similar timeframe for the original back in 2017. The biggest piece of evidence for this is that Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed in an interview with Nikkei that they were ending support for the 2017 handheld hybrid in March 2025.

The Switch 2 will be more than just a mid-generation refresh; it'll be a full-fledged new console capable of delivering crisper graphics than the current original Switch or OLED.

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Breath of the Wild in 4k? Sign us up

In September 2023, a report by Digital Foundry explained that Nintendo showcased a stunning Switch 2 demo running Breath of the Wild at 4K and 60FPS. While the 4K was not native, instead using DLSS image reconstruction, it's still a massive upgrade to what the current Switch can offer while docked - 900p.

While impressive, if the Switch 2 manages to reach the benchmarks mentioned, it won't feel like a groundbreaking technological achievement, which lines up with recent reports that suggest Nintendo is treating its follow-up as more of an "iteration" than a "revolution."

Nintendo revealed the Switch officially in October 2016, five months before it was released. If the past is to repeat, we should be hearing more about the Nintendo Switch 2 after the summer.

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