In a recent interview with Nikkei, Nintendo’s president, Shuntaro Furukawa, stated that the company will continue to support the Nintendo Switch with new software until March 2025. Furukawa mentioned that they will focus on sustaining the momentum of popular titles like The Legend of Zelda and the Super Mario Bros movie, with a particular emphasis on the holiday sales season. Additionally, Nintendo aims to maximize not only new demand but also cater to those buying second consoles and replacements. The article also mentions upcoming games scheduled for release on the Switch, such as Princess Peach Showtime, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.
While plans for Nintendo’s next console have not been officially confirmed, according to sources, Nintendo has given Switch 2 development kits to key partners, signaling a possible launch in the second half of 2024. It’s worth noting that the release of a new console doesn’t necessarily mean immediate discontinuation of support for the previous one. Nintendo continued to release games for the 3DS even after the launch of the Switch. For instance, two years after the Switch’s release, Nintendo published Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn for the 3DS in March 2019.
Overall, it seems that Nintendo is committed to supporting the Switch for the foreseeable future, with new software planned until 2025. As the company potentially prepares for the release of the Switch’s successor, fans can expect a continued focus on popular franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros, as well as the introduction of new titles like Princess Peach Showtime. The exact details of Nintendo’s next console have yet to be revealed, but sources indicate that the Switch 2 could launch in the latter half of 2024.