Nintendo enters the new year guns blazing with several big game releases. Prominent 2022 titles include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Despite the aforementioned news, Nintendo fans still inquire profusely about the next Nintendo console. Rumours abound about next-generation hardware, but the reality may be more underwhelming than gamers expected.
State of the Switch
The Nintendo Switch, released in 2017, is somewhere in the middle of its life cycle. The amount of time between two console releases isn’t rigid. That said, five to seven years is the rule of thumb as far as a console’s life cycle is concerned. Yet, it seems that analysts aren’t expecting a new Nintendo console for a while.
“I’m currently expecting the console market year-on-year performance to be quite flat in 2022 as Switch sales decline and we come off what has been an amazing couple of years for console gaming,” Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls told GamesIndustry.biz. “Even so, Nintendo Switch family of devices will once again be the best-selling consoles in 2022 at around 21 million sold to consumers, aided by the release of Switch OLED.”
No Switch Pro and Nothing Until 2024
Moreover, the same analyst quashed any hopes for a much anticipated Switch Pro. “I’m not expecting a Switch Pro in 2022,” he stated. “We have a next-gen Nintendo console in our forecasts for late 2024, so I’m not convinced a ‘Pro’ model is going to appear at all.”
Waiting a few more years for a new console probably isn’t the average Nintendo fan’s dream for 2022, but such are the trials and tribulations of a Nintendo fan. Nevertheless, predictions only remain predictions. More information will be divulged at the next Nintendo Direct, which could be sooner than anticipated according to a reliable Nintendo insider.
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