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New Report Claims Switch 2 Releases in March 2025

New Report Claims Switch 2 Releases in March 2025 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 March 2024 / 3,172 Views

There were recent rumors claiming Nintendo is now aiming to release the successor the Nintendo Switch in Q1 2025 with one source saying the release window is so Nintendo could prepare a stronger first-party line-up for the console.

Nikkei is now reporting Nintendo will launch the Nintendo Switch 2 in March 2025. The report claims Nintendo "prioritized securing initial stock of successor machines and the lineup of popular software at the time of release."

Nintendo is also working on "measures to prevent resale" and in an attempt to stop scalpers.

Nikkei did state the release date for the Switch 2 could happen after March 2025. This depends on the amount of stock available and how much software is ready to go.

Nintendo's share price did fall 8.8 percent following reports of the Switch 2 being pushed back to early 2025.

Nintendo has shipped 139.36 million Switch consoles as of December 31, 2023, while 1,200.10 million Switch games have been shipped lifetime. The Switch is the third best-selling video game console of all time.

Thanks, The Verge.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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VAMatt (on 26 February 2024)

Common sense tells us that.

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JWeinCom (on 26 February 2024)


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hellobion2 JWeinCom (on 26 February 2024)

Me too!

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farlaff hellobion2 (on 27 February 2024)

Me 3!

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JackHandy JWeinCom (on 27 February 2024)

I heard Veruca Salt in my mind lol.

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Ashadelo (on 26 February 2024)

Good now make us a New F-Zero

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farlaff Ashadelo (on 27 February 2024)

Please! But I'm actually having a blast with 99 for now!!

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padib farlaff (on 28 February 2024)

99 is hella fun :)

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00Xander00 (on 26 February 2024)

I'm gonna take a wildly specific yet educated and experienced guess;
it'll be Friday the 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th of March 2025 ;)

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DroidKnight 00Xander00 (on 26 February 2024)

That's four guesses.

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00Xander00 DroidKnight (on 26 February 2024)

I didn't realised I would get caught. I accidently cheated when I left the action-replay disc in the GameCube XD

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Radek (on 26 February 2024)

8 year long generation for the Switch. Is this Nintendo's longest ever generation?

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shikamaru317 Radek (on 26 February 2024)

It's their longest home console generation, previous longest gap was NES to SNES at 7 years. It's only their 2nd longest handheld generation though, longest is Gameboy which was on the market for 9 years before Gameboy Color released.

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javi741 shikamaru317 (on 26 February 2024)

While I personally agree that the Gameboy Color was a next gen Gameboy and not a just a mid-gen refresh like Nintendo makes it out to be. The Gameboy Color by Nintendo was considered to be just a mid-gen interation and not a new gen, so in reality the Gameboy didn't receive a successor until 12 years after it launched when the GBA released, making it the video game console with the longest lifespan without a successor.

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Wman1996 javi741 (on 26 February 2024)

It still blows my mind that Nintendo was seriously considering launching a handheld to debut in late 1996 that would've been like a GBA in specs. But nope, too bulky and expensive. Instead, they waited until late 1998 to release a handheld that was roughly an portable NES.

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Sogreblute javi741 (on 26 February 2024)

Well the GBC is just a GB with slightly better specs and the ability to play games in color. So it really isn't a successor. A lot of GBC games actually do play in a GB. For example Pokemon Gold/Silver will play in a GB, but Crystal won't. You can tell by the cart.

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Wman1996 Radek (on 26 February 2024)

Nope. Game Boy to Game Boy Color was longer. And if you don't count GBC, Game Boy Advance took about 12 years after the Game Boy.
8 years exactly would be on par with Microsoft's longest gen, 2005 to 2013.
8 years is more than Sony or Sega ever had. And even Atari 5200 was sandwiched between 2600 and 7800.

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siebensus4 Wman1996 (on 26 February 2024)

This is quite an achievement for Nintendo, if Switch will sell almost twice as much as Xbox 360 within the same time frame. Never thought about that before. Thanks!

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JackHandy siebensus4 (on 27 February 2024)

It's impossible to compare gens apples to apples without taking into consideration the size of the industry. How many people buy games/consoles today is far more than there was in 1984, 94, 04 etc. So if you want to compare, you have to do a per-capita thing to get the true picture. Raw numbers don't work.

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JackHandy Radek (on 26 February 2024)

For a home console, yes.

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G2ThaUNiT (on 26 February 2024)

Nintendo simultaneously going for the PS2 lol. An extra year of the Switch being Nintendo's only console on the market should get it past that finish line!

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trunkswd G2ThaUNiT (on 26 February 2024)

Switch should be over 150M shipped by the end of the year if all the reports of the Switch 2 launching in early 2025 turn out to be true. I just hope the Switch tops 160M so we know for sure it is the best-selling console of all time as Sony never released the final PS2 total.

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NextGen_Gamer trunkswd (on 26 February 2024)

Do you think they (Sony) would if Nintendo prematurely claimed the best console ever title? Sony comes out and says "well actually we shipped 15x.xx million PS2 consoles back in the day" haha

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trunkswd NextGen_Gamer (on 26 February 2024)

I would love for Sony to do that. However, I'm not counting on it. Though, I do think IF the PS2 hit 160M they would have announced that. Doing some math there is a range of what the PS2 most likely sold, which we have it at the lower end.

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halil23 (on 26 February 2024)

Noooo! This better be false, Nintendo need to release it this holiday!!

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IcaroRibeiro (on 26 February 2024)

I like the release window. Make it easier to get one outside the Holiday ;)

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JEMC (on 26 February 2024)

I wonder what they're trying to do to prevent scalpers.

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Scoopz JEMC (on 26 February 2024)

Just ensure theres plenty of stock. Scalpers prevail when the consoles launch in limited supply.

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Shtinamin_ Scoopz (on 26 February 2024)

Kinda related, do we think that the rumor regarding Nintendo wanting to ship 10m successor units before the end of the FY is still in effect?
If so then, that would definitely guarantee that scalpers won't "win".

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Scoopz Shtinamin_ (on 26 February 2024)

We'll never know for certain as only Nintendo are in a place to confirm their specific intentions, but whilst the reports from multiple reputable sources about the delay to March 2025 to ensure sufficient supply might seem to tie into that rumour, 10 million units for a whole financial year, even the 1st one is on the low side imo. Switch did 17.79, Wii was 20.14 (although that has an extra month's figures in it)

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Shtinamin_ Scoopz (on 27 February 2024)

Agreed but if the Successor releases before Mar 31, then 10m sounds like a lot for a single month.

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Scoopz Shtinamin_ (on 27 February 2024)

Thats why i dont put any stock in that rumour as on close scrutiny it doesnt make sense for a March 2025 launch. Even if said figure was a reference to the 25/26 financial year, 10 million would be on the low side.

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JEMC Scoopz (on 27 February 2024)

Enough supply wil only help to an extent. After all, some scalpers have no problems spending thousands of dollars to get as many units as they can.

The best option is to prevent anyone from being able to buy more than two or three consoles, but to make that happen Nintendo would need the cooperation of every major store and a lot of shared information, and that last part may be ilegal.

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Shtinamin_ JEMC (on 27 February 2024)

Why would it be illegal? I dont know the specific rules of production, distribution, and sales.

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JEMC Shtinamin_ (on 27 February 2024)

First of all, I said that it "may" be ilegal. I don't know if it really it. And I said it because the best solution would be for all the stores to send to Nintendo the indo of those that have pre-ordered the console, so they could check if there's someone that has tried to avoid the 2-3 units per person by going to different stores. That data would be personal information that I doubt stores can share with suppliers like Nintendo without violating consumer rights.

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Shtinamin_ JEMC (on 27 February 2024)

That makes sense. Personally, I think it would be up to the store to ensure the probable 2-3 limit. Because the stores have access to the data themselves. It sounds like a difficult thing to enforce.

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Scoopz Shtinamin_ (on 29 February 2024)

Agreed. It wouldnt be something that Nintendo got involved with directly themselves. The extent of their involvement would be plenty of supply. It would be up to individual chains to put in place any anti-scalper practices. Eventualy with plenty of supply being shipped the scalpers resources would be overcome and there simply wouldnt be any profit to be made from scalping.

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rapsuperstar31 (on 26 February 2024)

Whenever their launch games are ready for it. They don't want to release it with a few games.

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Mr.GameCrazy (on 26 February 2024)

Sounds about right to me.

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