Nintendo confirms no new Switch devices until April 2023
There will be no new Nintendo Switch console this year. Shuntarō Furukawa, Nintendo’s CEO, confirmed in an interview with Nikkei that the company does not plan to launch any new hardware in the current fiscal year. This fiscal year ends in March 2023, which means that the earliest possible launch date of a new Nintendo Switch device is April 2023.
Furukawa also recently confirmed that the company is facing semiconductor shortages, leading to manufacturing delays. Nintendo’s latest financial results show Switch sales have slowed over the last quarter, falling by 24%. The company said that the production issues were partly to blame for this. Nintendo plans to fix these problems as soon as possible, enabling it to focus on producing a new games console.
The next device from the company is rumored to be the Nintendo Switch Pro or the Nintendo Switch 2. In February, a leak of NVIDIA’s DLSS source code appeared to confirm a new device was in the works. Plus, last September, employees from 11 game companies told Bloomberg that they were working with Nintendo’s 4K development kit for Switch. However, Nintendo quickly denied these rumors.
Bloomberg has also reported that the next generation console will have a more prominent OLED display, 4K graphics and an ARM SoC from Nvidia. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the latest model, the Splatoon 3 Switch OLED Special Edition, which will be released later this month.