December 7, 2023

With a busy vacation season full of latest Change video games approaching, Nintendo isn’t more likely to begin speaking in regards to the Change 2 anytime quickly, nevertheless it’s tough to not learn between the strains when the corporate talks about future plans. For example, in an interview with Nikkei this week, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa introduced that the corporate will proceed to help the Change by means of the fiscal yr ending on March 31, 2024. He additionally confirmed that new titles are within the works for the Change for the fiscal yr ending March 31, 2025.

Right here’s what Furukawa stated when requested in regards to the lifecycle of the Change:

“We’re nonetheless engaged on software program for the Change for the fiscal yr ending March 31, 2025,” he stated (as translated by VGC). “Within the fiscal yr ending March 31, 2024, we hope to maintain the momentum of Zelda and the [Super Mario Bros] film, with concentrate on the vacation gross sales season. As for {hardware}, we are going to maximize not solely new demand for the {hardware}, but in addition for these shopping for second consoles and replacements.”

This isn’t precisely information. It wouldn’t make a lot sense for Nintendo to out of the blue cease supporting the Change whereas persevering with to launch new video games for the console. However the language Furukawa used additionally doesn’t battle with rumors in regards to the Change 2 launching in fall 2024.

Because it stands, Nintendo’s schedule options launch dates for Change video games up by means of Princess Peach: Showtime!, which launches on March 22, 2024 (simply earlier than the fiscal yr ends). Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD is slated to launch in the summertime of 2024, whereas a remastered Paper Mario: The Thousand-12 months Door is popping out someday in 2024. The arrival of these remasters wouldn’t intervene with Nintendo launching a brand new console earlier than the top of the yr.

With Tremendous Mario Bros. Marvel, Detective Pikachu Returns, Tremendous Mario RPG, and some new Change OLED and Change Lite SKUs popping out later this yr, we don’t count on any official information in regards to the Change 2 till subsequent yr on the very earliest. That stated, the items are falling into place for Nintendo to start out making the transition close to the top of its present fiscal yr.