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No Nintendo Switch Pro this year, it seems

Nintendo boss suggests that the company will look to sell existing Nintendo Switch stock in 2023 rather than release a new console.

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Nintendo Switch sales are slowing down, with the company reporting a decline in units bought in the last fiscal year. However, it still expects to ship 15 million consoles in the next 12 months, with games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to help garner continued interest.

What is less likely though is the release of the long-expected follow-up to the Switch, often tipped to be called the Nintendo Switch Pro. When talking to Bloomberg, Nintendo’s own president, Shuntaro Furukawa, all but confirmed that new or upgraded hardware is not on the agenda.

He added that the Japanese gaming giant will be lucky to meet its existing targets: “Sustaining the Switch’s sales momentum will be difficult in its seventh year,” he said. “Our goal of selling 15 million unit this fiscal year is a bit of stretch. But we will do our best to bolster demand going into the holiday season so that we can achieve the goal.”

The continued absence of a Switch Pro is echoed by analysts: “We expect Nintendo will not release the next-generation hardware over the next 12 months,” revealed USB Securities in a note about Nintendo‘s earnings report (as published by VGC). “Nintendo’s valuation is very likely to shrink until the launch of the new hardware.”

The Nintendo Switch Pro has been rumoured for the best part of three years, with reports suggesting that it could be a more powerful version of the existing Switch or Switch (OLED) model. Speculation has been rife on it featuring the ability to output 4K video, although there have been additional suggestions that the next console could be something entirely new instead.

We shall have to wait to find out. Even longer now, it seems.

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