Nintendo Switch Pro news: Will Nintendo release the Switch Pro in 2021? Latest rumours point to a September/October release

You could be waiting a while for the Nintendo Switch Pro, but it’s starting to sound pretty great…

by Tom Owen
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The Nintendo Switch has been a huge success, and who wouldn’t want a Pro version?

The Switch Pro rumours have been swirling around for quite a while now, even when Nintendo gave fans very little to go on. As you can see in the slide below, the date that of Nintendo’s “Next gaming system” was listed as just “20XX” – that is to say, it will arrive in a year that starts with the number 20. It could be a ‘holiday 2099’ release for all we know…

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That being said, there are rumours and rumblings in the wind which suggest that Nintendo’s next console is a little closer than 2099, perhaps even this year.

With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both having just released six months, a Nintendo Switch Pro could (in theory) build on the existing console with new features. Some people also like calling it the ‘Super Switch‘ – nice name, ey?

Here’s everything that’s known about the rumoured new console, including its potential release date, specs, features and the latest news…

Nintendo Switch Pro release date 

Originally the Nintendo Switch Pro or Nintendo Switch 2 was thought to be released as soon as mid-2020.

However, in a statement, Nintendo said this: “Please note that we have no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020”. And in some recent slides, Nintendo was only willing to date its next console as coming in “20XX”. So it could be any time between now and the year 2100.

The most recent rumours come courtesy of Bloomberg, who posted the Nintendo Switch Pro could launch as early as September/October 2021, perhaps even being announced before E3- scheduled to take place from June 12.

Insider Emily Rogers even hinted that the Switch Pro announcement could come in late-May, replying to a Tweet that predicted the Switch Pro would be announced on May 27.


This builds on the predictions from industry analysts earlier this year. Games industry analysts have told GamesIndustry.biz that they believe a Nintendo Switch Pro will launch in 2021. Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis and Dr Serkan Toto of Kantan Games both predict a ‘Switch Pro’ will release in 2021, although Dr Toto previously predicted the updated Switch would launch in 2020.

NPD’s Mat Piscatella is more cautious about the Switch Pro’s existence, commenting Nintendo’s success in 2021 “will be driven by content and promotional efforts rather than the release of a new iterative model.”

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These Nintendo Switch concept designs are stunning!

The German tech site Computer Bild has released a video featuring two designs for a potential new Nintendo Switch – a Nintendo Switch Pro and Nintendo Switch XL.

The Nintendo Switch XL concept includes a bigger screen capable of 4K gaming, a more ergonomic Joy-Con design, four Switch cartridge slots, and an improved stand.

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Image: Computer Bild

The Nintendo Switch Pro is a more innovative concept that comes in the form of a new dock. This dock would also be capable of 4K gaming and holding four cartridges at once.

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Image: Computer Bild

While these two concepts are only fan designs, they have certainly made us even more desperate for an upgraded Nintendo Switch, helped by the EPIC video Computer Bild released alongside its designs, which you can view below.

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Nintendo Switch Pro specs and hardware

While nothing has yet to be confimed, there have been countless rumours and ‘leaks’ surrounding the Switch Pro’s hardware components.

This includes rumours that the Nintendo Switch Pro will feature a 7-inch OLED screen that runs in 720p when in handheld mode, but in 4K when docked. The Switch Pro is also expected to support NVIDIA DLSS to further enhance its graphical fidelity.

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Nintendo Switch Pro price 

There’s no official price in the market for the next Switch model, so all we have is guesswork at this stage.

Given that the Nintendo Switch still, over three years after its launch, costs around £279 ($299) due to its immense popularity, we expect that the Switch Pro, with its increased specs, will cost more than the $299 the Switch launched at.

Most of the predictions have it priced around the $399 mark – which is £345 in the UK.

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Will the Nintendo Switch Pro have exclusive games?

If the Switch Pro does launch this year, there is a chance the upgraded console could have some exclusive titles, according to one notable insider.

Writing on a ResetEra thread discussing the Switch Pro’s alleged OLED screen, NateDrake said. “There will be some select exclusives, especially from third-party partners. May not be a big number of them, but I know of at least one.”

This means that the likes of Breath of the Wild 2 will still launch on the base Switch, while games such as Final Fantasy VII Remake may be exclusive to the Pro.

However, this all remains pure speculation at this point, although given the base Nintendo Switch’s hardware, does make sense.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Joy-Cons

The Joy-Con controllers have quickly become yet another iconic Nintendo design, but if you’ve been using them since the Switch launched in 2017 then you’ll know they are prone to certain issues.

Joy-Con drift is the main issue that has plagued the system. After an extended amount of use, the left Joy-Con’s stick would be prone to drift due to a build-up of dust inside the controller. While Nintendo offers to fix these drift problems for free, even after the warranty ends, it is a frustrating issue that comes down to a flaw in the Joy-Cons design.


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Nintendo has now publicly addressed the Joy-Con issue, with their President, Shuntaro Furukawa apologising during a Q&A in late June for the drift issue.

Nintendo Switch Pro’s Pro Controller

If the Switch Joy-Con’s get an upgrade with the new console, we’d hope that the Pro Controller gets the same treatment.

While the controller is the best way to play the Switch while docked, there are still issues with the base design, such as the wobbly D-Pad.

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The Nintendo Switch Pro Pro Controller may not be the best name…

We would also like to see Nintendo include new features on the Pro Controller such as those found in the upcoming PS5 DualSense Controller, although this may lead to a hefty price increase.

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Tom Owen