Nintendo Confirms When It Will Announce Switch 2 and Reveals New Nintendo Direct for June

Nintendo Confirms When It Will Announce Switch 2 and Reveals New Nintendo Direct for June

7. May 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

Nintendo has officially confirmed that information about the successor to the Nintendo Switch will be unveiled during the current fiscal year, ending in March 2025.

In a message posted on the company’s social media channels, President Shuntaro Furukawa has revealed that a new Nintendo Direct will take place in June, focusing entirely on software, with no mention of the new console.

“Hello everyone, this is Furukawa, President of Nintendo. We will be making an announcement about the successor to the Nintendo Switch within this fiscal year. It will have been more than nine years since we announced the existence of the Nintendo Switch back in March 2015.

We will be hosting a Nintendo Direct this June focused on Nintendo Switch software lineup for the second half of 2024, but please be aware that there will be no mention of the Nintendo Switch successor during this presentation.”

What We Know About Nintendo Switch 2

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According to information shared by accessory manufacturers, the Nintendo Switch 2 will feature an 8″ panel with a structure similar to the current console. It will be “slightly larger” than the Nintendo Switch but will not reach the dimensions of devices like the Steam Deck, for example.

The major difference will come in the JoyCon attachment system. Nintendo is moving away from the current rails and adopting a solution using magnets. This is something the company attempted to implement in 2017, but the technology was not advanced enough to securely hold them in place under all conditions.

Nintendo Switch: Eight Years of Success and Records

March 2017. Following a challenging period where the Wii U disrupted their commercial momentum achieved with the Wii, the Nintendo Switch arrived with a groundbreaking format that continued the idea of extending gaming beyond the living room screen.

The concept of handheld and home console merged into one device that immediately made a significant impact on the industry.

The numbers speak for themselves. As of December 31, 2023, Nintendo Switch has sold 139 million units across its four models (original, revision, Lite, and OLED). Compared to the 13.5 million units sold by the Wii U in its 5-year commercial cycle, the shift in momentum is evident.

The hardware success is accompanied by impressive software performance. Its top 10 list is led by a Wii U port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a phenomenon that experienced a resurgence on the hybrid console with 60 million copies sold. It is closely followed by Animal Crossing: New Horizons (44 million) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (33 million).

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Nintendo’s announcement of the upcoming successor to the Nintendo Switch, expected within this fiscal year, marks an exciting time for gamers and fans alike.

While details about the new console remain undisclosed, the upcoming Nintendo Direct in June promises to showcase an impressive lineup of software for the Nintendo Switch throughout the latter half of 2024.

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The legacy of the Nintendo Switch, with its innovative hybrid design and outstanding software library, has undoubtedly reshaped the gaming landscape. With remarkable hardware sales and top-selling titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo continues to dominate the gaming industry.