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Nintendo has teased gamers over the Switch successor’s release date – but fans may have to wait more than a year before trying out the new console.

The Japanese gaming giantThe Nintendo Switch console, which can be played on a portable device or on a television screen, was first released in 2017.

Speculation about the release date for the next-generation console, presumably called Switch 2, has increased in recent months.

However, in its financial results released on Tuesday, the Kyoto-based company said it would make an announcement before March 2025 – the end of the current fiscal year.

Nintendo didn’t provide any details about the announcement, including whether the company would launch the sequel before March next year or just reveal its plans for it.

“Many users will now refrain from purchasing the current Switch knowing that the new model will be released sometime in 2025,” said Serkan Toto, founder of consulting firm Kantan Games.

Despite the sparse details about the Switch’s release date, some of the successor’s new features are already circulating in the gaming world’s rumor mill.

Spanish gaming news website Vandal reported last month that the successor will be larger, but not as big as rival console Steam Deck.

The Switch’s signature controllers – which detach from the console to form a new control for playback on a TV screen – will reportedly attach magnetically to the handset rather than sliding in rails.

The distinctive Nintendo Switch controller.  Image: Reuters
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The distinctive Nintendo Switch controller. Image: Reuters

Vandal also adds that the manufacturers believe games for the current Switch will be playable on the new version.

Nintendo has sold 141 million Switch devices worldwide, making it the third highest-selling console of all time.

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While the console has been on the shelves since 2017, Nintendo introduced a smaller version in 2019 launches its OLED model – with a higher quality screen – in October 2021.

And after the success of new The Legend of Zelda game Last year, Nintendo will release Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door later this month and Luigi’s Mansion 2 in June.

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“The Legend of Zelda” was a hit for Nintendo. Image: Nintendo

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“Game development has become more demanding, long-term and complex,” said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa when asked how the market has changed since the launch of the Switch.

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