Nintendo is gearing up for a “record breaking year” when it comes to software sales. Could the Switch Pro be the reason why?
While Nintendo continue to play coy, the fact that Nintendo is working on an upgrade/successor to the Switch is beyond reasonable doubt.
New evidence to support the existence of the fabled Nintendo Switch Pro seems to drop on a weekly basis. - Despite the console being unannounced and under lock and key at Nintendo Towers.
So, it’s clear that the Switch Pro exists, the question is, when is it coming out? And is it intended to replace the original Switch or live alongside it?
We’d also like to know what Nintendo are officially calling it, but we suspect that will answer one of the above questions. Something Nintendo would prefer to not do yet.
Nintendo Switch Pro to Headline A ‘Record Breaking’ Year
According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Nintendo Switch Pro will launch before March 2022. This may seem like a bit of a weird and arbitrary month to reference, but the end of March is always the end of the financial year.
Therefore, this is probably why March has been given as the end of the release window. It’s a way for Nintendo to assure investors, but without making too much information public.
Some experts believe that the Switch Pro will arrive during the fourth quarter of 2021, which tracks with the new report from Bloomberg. Nintendo has also claimed that they anticipate a “record breaking year.”
A year that will bring a "series of marquee game releases" and “250 million units.” Interestingly, this is 45 million units higher than the company’s current sales projection – one which itself is a record breaker.
Yet that was due to people buying Nintendo consoles to escape the COVID-19 lockdown blues. Perhaps engaging in some Animal Crossing sessions.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S may have launched last year, but 2020 belonged to the Nintendo Switch for that reason.
Now that the world is aiming to return to normal, why is Nintendo suddenly anticipating 45 million extra unit sales? What makes Nintendo so confident?
Could it be that they’re planning a hardware refresh for the Nintendo Switch? That could be exactly why.
Nintendo Switch Pro Games
A new console could also help sell new games and vice versa. Zelda Breath of The Wild 2 has already been linked to the Switch Pro.
Let’s not forget that one recent rumor suggested that some Switch Pro games will not work on older Switch models. This may tempt some Switch owners to upgrade to the new hardware, justifying Nintendo’s confidence.
We’ll soon see, if indeed the Switch Pro begins production this summer.