Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls isn’t expecting Nintendo to release a new console this year, and expects Zelda to help move plenty of Switch units.
Speculation about the successor to the Nintendo Switch has been gathering momentum in recent weeks and months, especially with the Switch itself approaching its sixth birthday, but it may still be a while before Nintendo is ready to release its next console.
That’s according to industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis, who recently said Games industry that he doesn’t expect the next Nintendo console to launch this year. According to Harding-Rolls projections, the Switch successor will release sometime in 2024, while this year, he expects Nintendo to move enough Switch units, thanks in large part to a launch The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realm.
“I don’t expect a next-generation Nintendo console in 2023: we have 2024 in our forecast,” the analyst said.
Reports and leaks have suggested on more than one occasion that work on a Switch successor is ramping up behind the scenes at Nintendo. Recently, journalists also claim that the above Zelda the title is also likely to be the last major Nintendo game to release for the Switch – although one would imagine those releases on a relatively smaller scale – as pikmin 4, which is also due out this year – still in progress.