Nintendo’s Switch 2 Has Reportedly Already Been Previewed “Behind Closed Doors”

The pandemic's favorite time-killer has flourished well beyond its age, and Nintendo is now gearing up for a more powerful successor.
Published On September 08, 2023

A “Nintendo Switch 2” would more than likely become one of the best-selling consoles of all time, basking in the glory of its predecessor. Photo via Unsplash

Nintendo reportedly demonstrated the Nintendo Switch 2 “behind closed doors” at Gamescom last month, reports Eurogamer. The hardware ran a modified version of Breath of the Wild as a demo of improved hardware capabilities.

Details: Even Nintendo’s record-breaking summer remains unsuccessful in masking the aging Switch. While rumors of a “Switch 2” or “Switch Pro” have been out and about for a couple of years, the recent report serves as the most concrete evidence of the upcoming handheld’s development.

  • Eurogamer adds that the new console is expected to launch at some point in 2024, with tech demos given to internal developers as the release approaches.
  • These claims were later corroborated by VGC, reporting that Nintendo showcased Epic Games’ The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo running on potential hardware. It also supported claims of a 2024 release window.
  • The demo reportedly had visuals comparable to Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X — using Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology and advanced ray tracing.
  • The Nintendo Switch 2 will largely serve as a successor to the Switch rather than being an entirely new platform. Backward compatibility, however, still hasn’t been talked about.

A previous report from Bloomberg suggested the development of a 4K Nintendo Switch. However, Nintendo in a rare fashion directly falsified these claims, claiming that the Switch OLED was then the only planned hardware.

  • In an issue of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, tech reporter Zenji Nishikawa stated that Nintendo looked to “make some moves” on new hardware — hinting at a better Nvidia chip.

Despite record-breaking sales, Nintendo Switch’s momentum has slowed down considerably, with Tears of the Kingdom serving as the final push to console sales.

The presumed release window sits well with the company’s previous statement of no new hardware until Q1 2024.

What’s next: Nintendo has a stacked library going into 2024 — with Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet DLC, a new Princess Peach game, and Metroid Prime 4.