Nintendo Switch 2: Release Date, Leaks, Price & Rumors

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As the Nintendo Switch continues its dominance in the gaming market, speculation swirls around its successor, tentatively dubbed the Nintendo Switch 2. With over 130 million units sold for the Switch, surpassing even the Wii, anticipation is high for what comes next.

Following the success of recent blockbuster releases like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Super Mario Bros. Wonder in 2023, the Switch appears to be ending on a high note.

But despite its enduring popularity and successful games, the device’s aging hardware poses challenges for third-party developers, underscoring the need for a significant upgrade.

On May 7, 2024, Nintendo made the first announcement of the Switch 2 — so now we know it’s coming. But what else do we know?

We expect the Nintendo Switch 2 to launch in 2025 with an eight-inch LCD screen, but what else can we unpack? Let’s delve into what we know so far about this highly anticipated device.

Key Takeaways

  • Nintendo is not going to share much yet, but it has confirmed that a Nintendo Switch 2 is in the works.
  • Third-party publishers are allegedly confident of a Q1 2025 launch.
  • Expected hardware includes an 8″ screen and 1080p resolution, and games ‘may rival last-gen consoles’.
  • Look forward to magnetic Joy-Cons, replacing the old sliding mechanism.
  • The anticipated game lineup includes Metroid Prime 4 and potential Mario titles.

When is the Nintendo Switch 2 Release Date?

Release Date (Expected): March 2025

Initially targeted for a late 2024 launch, recent reports from Asian publication Nikkei suggest a delay, pushing the release to March 2025.

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Renowned Brazilian journalist Pedro Henrique Lutti Lippe, known for accurate leaks, suggested the same in February 2024, hinting at a potential official announcement from Nintendo during the summer gaming news season, possibly in June 2024.

His hopes have since been dashed, but at least we all have something to go on. Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa name-dropped the Switch successor in an X/Twitter post, promising a reveal before March 2025.

Note that this is only a date for a reveal — but Eurogamer and Bloomberg both quote sources including third-party game publishers who expect a Q1 2025 launch.

Nintendo has reportedly communicated with publishers, informing them of the revised Nintendo Switch release date, aimed at fortifying the console’s launch lineup — a good spread of launch games can make or break a console’s sales.

What Are the Nintendo Switch 2 Specs & Features?

1080p Resolution, Magnetic Joy-Cons, 4K via Dock

Reports surfacing at the end of April suggested the Nintendo Switch 2 display will be an 8″ screen with a resolution of 1080p, with other features including magnetic Joy-Cons, backward compatibility (including with accessories), a powerful NVIDIA chip based on the advanced Ampere architecture, and 8K resolution when connected to a new-generation dock.

Internal communications stemming from the FTC v. Microsoft’s case initially suggested performance levels akin to PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

Even better, other Nintendo Switch 2 leaks paint a potentially different picture, indicating a more robust hardware setup that could rival current-gen systems from Sony and Microsoft. This advancement would be bolstered by the adoption of Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology, which promises enhanced performance and visual fidelity.

In other Nintendo Switch news, the demonstration of an improved version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at Gamescom, running at higher resolutions and frame rates, adds weight to the speculation surrounding the Switch 2’s capabilities.

However, it’s worth noting that cost considerations may lead to the adoption of an LCD screen instead of OLED for the Switch 2. The speculation stems from Sharp revealing it was preparing LCD screens for “an upcoming gaming console.

Could Nintendo surprise us? A Nintendo patent filing suggests a different Nintendo Switch 2 concept could be on the cards.

Place your expectations on the low end for this, but the device would be clamshell, much like a Nintendo DS  — but the two screens could be detached from each other, leading it instant multiplayer.

That said, it seems like Nintendo files a patent every other Thursday, so there are no guarantees that this will come to light.

What Is the Nintendo Switch 2 Price?

Expected Price: Starting at $299.99

Reports or thoughts on a potential new Nintendo Switch price prove elusive. Perhaps Nintendo will track the first Nintendo Switch launch price point of around $299.99 in the United States, ¥29,980 in Japan, £279.99 in the United Kingdom, and A$469.95 in Australia.

While an OLED screen looks unlikely, if the new Nintendo Switch 2 did include an OLED (like later versions of the first Switch), you might expect a price bump by $50 to $100.

Kantan Games CEO Dr. Serkan Toto, putting on his predictions hat in a chat with GamesIndustry, speculated a $400 price point and suggested that games may hit the $70 mark.

Dropping leaks quite happily, he said: “The time is finally here for a Switch successor, even though I can say a ‘Pro’ model actually did exist, and certain developers were already working with the dev kit.

“I believe the next hardware will drop for $400 [in 2024]. There is a high chance that games will cost more, too: $70.”

Nintendo Switch 2 Games: Lineup Expectations

Metroid Prime 4, Maybe New Mario?

Among the rumored flagship games, beloved franchises like Pokémon and Metroid are expected to take center stage, drawing eager fans to experience these iconic series on a new, more powerful platform.

In particular, Metroid Prime 4 stands out as a prime candidate for the Switch 2 launch title. Despite lacking a clear release date, its status as the only previously announced in-house Nintendo game without recent updates fuels speculation about its potential as a cross-generational release, spanning both the Switch and its successor. Leaks in 2023 also suggest Luigi Mansion 4 is also reportedly in the mix “for a 2025 launch”.

However, there are noticeable gaps in Nintendo’s lineup, including the absence of a new Mario Kart installment and a 3D Super Mario game. With no new Mario Kart title in over nine years and a lack of fresh 3D Mario adventures since 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey, fans eagerly anticipate announcements for these highly anticipated titles.

At the same time, the success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey on the original Switch suggests that the arrival of a new platform could provide the ideal opportunity for sequels, further enhancing the appeal of the Nintendo Switch 2.

Nintendo Switch 2 Competition & Potential Impact on the Gaming Industry

Welcome to the Next Round of Console Wars

The Nintendo Switch 2 could affect the world gaming scene significantly. Its touted backward compatibility feature is expected to allure gamers, facilitating a smooth transition from its predecessor.

However, in a world where Sony and Microsoft are already ahead in terms of specs, concerns arise regarding the console’s graphics upscaling and resolution capabilities, which may pose limitations for enthusiasts seeking high-performance gaming.

Additionally, its architecture, rooted in Nvidia’s mobile ARM platform, could pose challenges for developers tasked with porting titles.

Nonetheless, a Switch 2’s triumph could redefine the industry’s emphasis on graphical advancements. Ultimately, the impact of the Nintendo Switch 2’s arrival will depend on its ability to strike a balance between performance, compatibility, and user satisfaction.

And Nintendo holds dear the same values as most gamers — it’s about the gameplay. Ray-tracing and processors can take a backseat to the best, replayable, multiplayer gaming experiences.

Until the retail boxes hit the stores, stay tuned for more updates and Nintendo Switch 2 news as information continues to unfold.

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Alessandro Mascellino
Technology Journalist
Alessandro Mascellino
Technology Journalist

Alessandro is a multimedia journalist who has spent five years freelancing for several publications, including Techopedia, Infosecurity Magazine, The Independent, and Android Police. Specializing in the realms of emerging technology and video games, he has recently established his own game studio. As a narrative designer, he specializes in creating games where your choices shape the unfolding story, and is is currently working on a game project.