Will start this fall.
According to a report released by Nintendo’s long-awaited Switch upgrade, it is expected to be shown before E3 2021 Bloomberg [paywall] today and Eurogamer’s own sources.
I understand this is to ensure that third parties working on games that support the updated Switch can announce these projects for free at E3 and in front of Nintendo’s own digital storefront later this week.
(Nintendo’s event has yet to be officially dated, but is currently being used towards the end of E3 according to other publishers, although the dates can of course still be postponed.)
A pre-E3 broadcast also allows Nintendo to focus its E3 revelations on the upcoming software franchise, where fans are hoping to hear updates on the long-awaited Breath of the Wild 2 and the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4.
According to Bloomberg’s report, the new Switch will be released in September or October and will be sold alongside the cheaper Switch Lite, with the current Switch model being phased out over time.
Switches have been difficult to manufacture over the past year, according to Bloomberg, as parts shortages affected manufacturing. However, the Switch is able to avoid the more serious chip bottlenecks that have impacted PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S by using different components.
Nintendo is in the form of revealing new hardware or details like the name of an upcoming system before E3 itself for similar reasons. Nintendo 3DS was first announced a few months before E3 2010, and we also heard the name “Wii” a month before E3 2006 so everyone could get used to it.
Nintendo Switch’s upcoming release schedule still has many loopholes for the rest of the year, despite yesterday’s double announcements from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in November plus Pokémon Legends Arceus in January 2022 began to fill in the pieces. All eyes are now on Nintendo at E3 – and before – how the rest of 2021 will play out.
We asked Nintendo for a comment.