Recent reports have suggested that the Nintendo Switch’s lifecycle is coming to an end, with leaks revealing that a new Nintendo console may be launching in the second half of 2024. However, Nintendo has stated that it still has plans for the Switch until the end of fiscal year 2024/25, which concludes on March 31, 2025.
In a recent interview with Nikkei, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that the company is working on new game releases for the Switch, scheduled to launch in the next fiscal year. He also mentioned Nintendo’s intention to maximize demand for the hardware.
“We are still working on software for the Switch for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2025,” he said (via VGC). “In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024, we hope to sustain the momentum of Zelda and the [Super Mario Bros] movie, with focus on the holiday sales season. As for hardware, we will maximize not only new demand for the hardware, but also for those buying second consoles and replacements.”
If the new Nintendo console launches in 2024, it doesn’t necessarily mean that support for the Switch will abruptly end. Nintendo could potentially have a cross-gen support period to facilitate the transition. The duration of this period will be interesting to see, especially considering the aging hardware of the Switch.
Currently, Nintendo has announced two upcoming releases for the Switch in the next fiscal year: Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD and a remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.