Nintendo continues to ignore the existence of Switch 2 or a new console, but the mystery is already ending: according to Furukawa, they will talk about their fiscal year plans in three months… and the truth will come to light.
Nintendo presented today the financial results of the last quarter, updating sales data for the Nintendo Switch console and its games (139 million consoles, 12 million Mario Wonder…).
Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo, dodged all questions about Switch 2, or a possible successor to the Nintendo Switch, which many people assume will be released this year or in the next twelve months, but to date, Nintendo has never acknowledged its existence.
Instead, he stated that Nintendo Switch will be the priority for 2024, its “main business,” so much so that they increased their sales forecast to 15.5 million Switch during the entire current fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2024). In these first nine months, they have sold 13.74 million.
However, he said something quite revealing: plans for the next fiscal year will be shared in the next quarterly results meeting (at the beginning of May), as captured by Bloomberg.
The announcement of Switch 2, between March and May?
Furukawa has promised that in the next financial meeting, Nintendo will talk about their plans for the next fiscal year, FY25. That is, April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025 (according to what Bloomberg has reported).
They haven’t said anything about Switch 2 or any other console… but if a new console were really going to be released at the end of 2024, or even at the beginning of 2025 (like the Switch, which was released on March 3, 2017), then Nintendo would have to mention it at that meeting. Even if indirectly, by discussing their hardware sales forecast, which would be significantly higher if a console were to be released during that period. Even if the full presentation, with their games, comes later (the non-E3 in June, for example), Nintendo could no longer ignore its existence.
On the other hand, if that meeting were to arrive and Nintendo didn’t say anything in particular, and their sales forecast only mentioned Switch and its games, then… perhaps all of our hopes have been too high, and a successor to the Switch may be a little more delayed, well into 2025.
It is clear that the May meeting will be much more interesting than a routine update on Switch and its games sales. Even earlier, as soon as next week, we expect a Nintendo Direct. Don’t expect news about Switch 2 there… but when the fiscal year ends, starting in April, that will be another story.