Console maker tells game publishers Nintendo Switch 2 will be delayed to early 2025

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Nintendo is advising game publishers that its next-generation console will be delayed until the early months of 2025, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The successor to the popular Switch was targeted for release later this year, although several publishers have now been told to expect it to arrive in the next version, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the device is still in production. Has not been released yet announced.

Nintendo has told some publishing executives not to expect the console until March 2025 at the earliest. This means the next console will miss the key holiday shopping period, which is usually the ideal time for new console debuts.

The Switch, now seven years old, has sold more than 139 million units and spawned smash hits like two award-winning Legend of Zelda games and a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that has sold more than 60 million copies. The handheld-hybrid gadget has held on to excitement longer than most consoles and Nintendo's shares hit an all-time high this week as investors look ahead over the next few months to the next generation. The delay will test their patience as Nintendo extends the life of the current Switch even further.

Kyoto-based Nintendo has a relatively short list of games coming to the Switch this year, which Tokyo-based analyst Serkan Toto sees as a sign that the company is holding back its biggest hits for the next-generation Switch.

“Nintendo is looking at a fairly dry pipeline this year,” Toto said. “The company will still try to keep blockbusters for the next console, so 2024 may see more remakes of old Nintendo hits. In any case, 2024 will be very difficult for Nintendo without new devices.

A Nintendo spokesperson said the company had nothing to comment. The game maker has remained tight-lipped about any potential Switch successor, with President Shuntaro Furukawa promising to discuss its plans for the next fiscal year after it reports March-quarter earnings. News of the delay was first reported by Video Games Chronicle.

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