There are conflicting reports about an upgraded Nintendo Switch

Five years into its current lifecycle, fans are still hoping that Nintendo will release a mid-cycle upgrade for the Switch.


Gamers know that Nintendo started the whole mid-cycle refresh trend. This is also the reason why the Switch is overdue for a slight upgrade. The portable hybrid console first hit store shelves five years ago and hasn't really gotten a substantial upgrade. The closest thing we have is the Nintendo Switch OLED. Although believe that the Switch Pro is coming, some aren't quite so optimistic.

The good news is that none of the reports suggest that a Switch Pro isn't coming at all.

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The main conflicting reports come from "Moore's Law is Dead" and Takashi Mochizuki.

Moore's Law is Dead is a trusted industry insider who's had more hits than misses lately. In a Broken Silicon podcast, Moore's Law says "dev kits are out" and that he's already "letting the cat out of the bag." No official and public info confirms Moore's Law's leak. But, it's at least worth looking into what he just said.

On the other hand, Bloomberg reporter, Takashi Mochizuki, points out that a recent Nikkei interview with Nintendo president, Shuntaro Furukawa, highlights that the gaming giant will not release new hardware this fiscal year. However, Mochizhuki adds that it's not clear if the info is from Nikkei's own reporting or if it's a comment from the Furukawa.

The Switch is currently on track to beat the PS4 in lifetime global sales.

Then again, it wouldn't surprise us if Nintendo holds off on new hardware releases. Earlier this week, Nintendo reported a significant drop in switch sales for Q1 due to limited stocks. This is in line with the earlier statement of Furukawa.

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For what it's worth, you could also interpret these conflicting reports as corroboratory. After all, just because Nintendo won't release the Switch this fiscal year, this doesn't mean that it won't come after March 2023. Previously, an industry analyst claimed that Nintendo could reveal the Switch Pro this summer. If we assume that this is true, Nintendo can still push back the game's reveal date by a few months to make way for a Q1 2024 release. In this very ideal fictional scenario, the Switch Pro could come out right around the same time as the Breath of the Wild sequel.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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