According to reports, the next Nintendo Switch was unveiled at Gamescom
Rumors about Nintendo's next console have been circulating for a while now, including recent claims that a release is planned for late 2024. It was sa...
Rumors about Nintendo's next console have been circulating for a while now, including recent claims that a release is planned for late 2024. It was said that developer kits had already been sent to some of Nintendo's key partners at that time. However, it seems that the company has granted even more developers a glimpse of the new console, as it was reportedly presented at a "behind closed doors" event during Gamescom.
This comes from Jez Corden of Windows Central, who claims that "selected press/developers" were given a first look at Nintendo's new console at Gamescom, and that leaks or an official unveiling could happen soon. It's worth noting that Corden emphasizes these are only "rumors" he has heard. However, it would make sense for Nintendo to unveil their next console later this year if the reports of a 2024 launch are true.
This is also not the first time we have heard that the next Nintendo Switch will be presented at Gamescom. Prior to the event, there was a report from startmenu stating that Nintendo planned to "confirm the existence of its next console" at Gamescom. However, they also claim that Nintendo has not scheduled any appointments with the press for behind-closed-doors events, contradicting Corden's statements.
If we are realistic, we will probably have to wait a while before we actually get an official unveiling of the Nintendo Switch 2 or whatever the official name of the console will be. Nintendo has several big titles coming up in the next few months, including DLCs for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the remake of Super Mario RPG, and some other smaller titles that will be released.
Announcing a new console before the launch of its biggest titles may potentially impact sales, although Nintendo is a company that marches to its own beat and often does things outside of industry norms. However, it is worth noting that the Nintendo Switch was officially announced less than half a year before its release, which means we can likely expect a similarly short timeframe between unveiling and release here as well.
However, that doesn't mean we won't be getting any leaks for a while. Pretty much everyone and their grandmother already knew about the Nintendo Switch before the official announcement, and the more Nintendo presents the device to developers, the more likely it is that we'll see some low-quality images on the internet. Until then, Nintendo fans will have to be patient.