Analyst predicts 2024 release date for next-generation Nintendo Switch sequel

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With all the rumors about the infamous ‘Switch Pro’ and the final release of the Switch OLED model last year, we have hardly had a chance to think about Nintendo’s true next generation of hardware. In the last year or two, the switch has on more than one occasion been described as being in the “middle” of its life cycle, suggesting that there are many more years for it to thrive.

But should history repeat itself again, something new will eventually take over the reins. Decades since our hobby took off, we still have not seen a system live on without a successor replacing it after a handful of years – so what does the future of Nintendo look like, and when can we expect a new system to take the Switchs place?

Well, according to Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls, a new, next-generation Nintendo console may be on its way to us in “the end of 2024”. To GamesIndustry.biz, Harding-Rolls says that he does not expect a ‘Switch Pro’ to come this year, or possibly. ever, and that Switch sales will begin to see a slight decline this year.

“I currently expect the console market’s year-on-year performance to be fairly flat in 2022 as Switch sales fall and we’re coming out of what’s been some fantastic years for console games. Still, the Nintendo Switch family will of devices again be the best-selling consoles in 2022 with about 21 million sold to consumers, aided by the release of Switch OLED.

I do not expect a Switch Pro in 2022. We have a next-gen Nintendo console in our forecasts for the end of 2024, so I am not convinced that a ‘Pro’ model will appear at all. “

Nintendo is often quoted as saying that it “always” works on new hardware, so we have no doubt that the company’s most talented minds are busy coming up with new technologies and new ways of playing. But does this 2024 release window for a new system feel right? We let you consider it in the comments.

In the same summary of analysts’ predictions, it was claimed that a brand new Mario Kart game is “in active development” and could be shown off this year.

Whatever happens, 2022 can be quite special.

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