The next Nintendo console could be just around the corner

Emre Çitak
Oct 16, 2023

Nintendo has been tight-lipped about the potential new Nintendo console, tentatively named "Nintendo Switch 2". With the successful console nearing the end of its life cycle, rumors have been stirring in the rumor mill.

While Nintendo remains silent about the new Nintendo console, leaks have revealed interesting information about the upcoming device, including backward compatibility, a downgraded LCD screen, and the release of highly anticipated titles such as Metroid and Mario sequels.

Nintendo Switch 2 specs

One of the biggest complaints about the current Switch is its underwhelming performance compared to its contemporaries, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

However, recent reports suggest that Nintendo may be addressing this issue with its new hardware. According to sources, the company showcased tech demos utilizing Unreal Engine 5 at Gamescom, indicating that the performance of the new console could be comparable to Gen 8 consoles.

Nintendo Switch 2 specs design and release date
The company has been silent about the new Nintendo Switch 2

According to @Sharito742 on X, Nintendo Switch 2 specs are as follows:

  • DLSS 3.1
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Raytracing

Expected to come with two versions

Rumors indicate that Nintendo will release two versions of the Nintendo Switch 2:

  • A digital-only version priced at $400
  • A cartridge version priced at $449

This approach follows the path set by Microsoft and Sony, embracing a digital-only hardware future.

The presumed design of the new Nintendo console may feature a downgraded LED screen instead of an OLED screen, which could help reduce costs.

Read also: Is 2024 the year for a new Nintendo Switch console?

Nintendo Switch 2 release

There are no concrete details on a potential release date for the Nintendo Switch 2. However, considering the seven-year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch in March 2024, an announcement could be made around that time.

Rumors from Video Games Chronicle suggest a release window in the second half of next year, with the holiday season being an excellent time to release a new console. A leaker claims that the Nintendo Switch 2 could see a September 24, 2024, release date.

Nintendo Switch 2 specs design and release date
New games are expected to be launched together with Nintendo Switch 2

Possible Nintendo Switch 2 games are exciting

Most game leaks for the Nintendo Switch 2 come from Zippo (via Game Rant), a Nintendo blogger who doesn't have the most reliable track record. Some of their claims have been true, and some haven't, so take everything with a grain of salt.

Nothing has officially been announced, but these are the games we'd most likely expect to see on a new Nintendo console:

  • 2D Donkey Kong
  • Super Mario Odyssey 2
  • Mario Kart 9
  • A new The Legend of Zelda game
  • Metroid Prime 4
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 4
  • Splatoon 4
  • Bayonetta 4

Although nothing is set in stone yet, with improved performance, backward compatibility, and a possible release date in September 2024, the Nintendo Switch 2 is shaping up to be a powerful addition to the gaming world.


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