Could this announcement finally be happening?
UPDATE: Kit Ellis, former Nintendo employee, has shed some potential light on this situation. You can see his exact comment on the matter below.
These major videos typically have music or actors which are licensed for use for a year, then need to be renewed or taken down. Switch OLED was announced a year ago tomorrow. This is most likely nothing.
ORIGINAL POST: We’ve been speculating about a potential successor to the Nintendo Switch for a long time now, and while we’ve received new models in the form of the Switch Lite and Switch OLED, a “Switch Pro” has yet to rear its head. Now, there more be some more fuel for the fire, as a development on Nintendo’s YouTube channel is being seen as a possible indicator of news on the horizon. A new video from GameXplain (seen above) runs through this development and its possible outcomes.
As discovered by user LukasManak22 on the Famiboards forums (and confirmed later on by user Meelow), Nintendo has set two of the videos on their official North America channel to private: the trailers for the Switch Lite, and the Switch OLED. Previously, these videos were both freely viewable by the public, but now are nowhere to be found. It’s been pointed out that Nintendo also made the trailer for the Switch Lite private shortly before the reveal of the Switch OLED, thus leading to speculation that they could be doing the same now in preparation for another new announcement. If true, they could be making these videos private in order to focus all their efforts (and consumer’s attention) on something new.
We’re still in the midst of the “summer of games”, during which several developers and publishers have held press conferences for new announcements and game trailers. Nintendo has yet to share anything beyond a special third party direct, as well as one focused only on Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Could they still have something else up their sleeve, and could it be the announcement of new hardware of some kind? If so, could it be a Switch Pro, or even a Switch 2?
Of course, making some YouTube videos private is hardly confirmation of anything, and this could very well lead to nothing. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time we’ve run into false rumors of a new Nintendo console. But maybe, just maybe, this time could be different. Stay tuned as we wait eagerly for any more information!