There are barely two months left until Nintendo Switch turns six years old. Nintendo’s hybrid console is already the fourth best-selling console of all time (the latest figures suggest that there are already close to 120 million units in homes around the world) and the company’s estimate in 2023 is to sell another 20 million more units. A stratospheric figure for any other hardware today.
However, it is also a fact that the system has lagged far behind the needs of current software. A console with components from six years ago will hardly be able to move some of the most recent releases that are ported, and in many cases it will be with graphical limitations or directly sacrificing quality and performance. But all that may have an expiration date, if we look at the latest news coming from Japan.
And it is that the Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via Reddit) has published an article today in which they inform that Nintendo would already be in talks with component suppliers to start production of the successor to Nintendo Switch, whose release is estimated for the middle of of 2024. A statement that Nintendo has not confirmed at the time of writing these lines, but it would be in line with recent statements from Digital Foundry.
Despite the fact that in the past we have already talked about the rumored Tegra239 chip that this Nintendo Switch 2 would carry, the article does not reveal what Nintendo’s partners are for this new console in terms of components. What seems clear is that, if released in the middle of next year, it would make The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom the last major release of the Nintendo Switch life cycle, as long as Mario does not have the last word on it. .