Will 2024 be the year?
If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’ve no doubt heard the scuttlebutt. Rumors of a Switch successor are starting to heat up, and supposed inside sources are saying that Nintendo could be cooking up something for as early as next year. Of course, Nintendo has remained typically tight-lipped about all of this.
At this point, very, VERY few people know when a Switch successor is coming, and they’re keeping their mouths shut. That leaves the rest of us common folk to wonder not only if a Switch successor is coming, but if now is the time for it to arrive.
With those questions in mind, IGN has reached out to numerous devs and analysts to get their thoughts on the matter. Not surprisingly, there’s a bit of a mixed response on the questions. Some feel it’s time for Nintendo to wheel out a Switch successor, while others think there’s life left in the platform.
Circana executive director and analyst Mat Piscatella spoke up on the matter of Switch successor timing, saying 2024 seems like the time for Nintendo to strike if they want momentum on their side.
“Given the current sales trajectory of Switch hardware (which, outside of the launch of Tears of the Kingdom has been trending downwards since peaking in 2020) I think the 2024 timing is optimal to ensure a successful generational transition. Could they extend it another year, and release a new platform in 2025? Sure, but it would really put them in a tough share position through holiday 2024 and early 2025, especially with the improved momentum of PlayStation 5 and impact of potential additions to the Game Pass offering on Xbox Series devices.”
Of course, this is all just speculation and conjecture, and Piscatella is very much aware of that. That’s why it’s great to hear him follow up his predictions with a refreshingly honest and straightforward statement all Nintendo fans can appreciate.
“This is Nintendo, the perhaps hardest to gauge game company in the world – god knows what they are really thinking.”