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InterocitorI'm not a fan of video gaming rumors anymore.  A product is released when it's released, and I have enough going on in my life that I can wait for it.  Do I want to play the next Super Mario game?  Absolutely.  Do I have other things to do in the meantime?  Also yes.  That's why I'm not that disappointed when I read a report from Kyle Orland at Ars Technica indicating that Nintendo is now targeting the first quarter of 2025 as a release window for its successor to the Switch.  He cites a number of sources backing this up and he is a trusted name, so I figured it was worth bringing this up.

Brazilian journalist Pedro Henrique Lutti Lippe was among the first to report on the new planned release window on Friday, and Video Games Chronicle expanded on that report the same day. The outlet cited its own sources in reporting that "third-party game companies were recently briefed on an internal delay in Nintendo’s next-gen launch timing, from late 2024 to early the following year."

By late Friday, those reports had been corroborated by Eurogamer, which said the launch would slip past the 2024 calendar year "but still [be] within the coming financial year" (ending in March 2025). Over the weekend, Bloomberg cited unnamed "people with knowledge of the matter" in reporting that some publishers have been told "not to expect the console until March 2025 at the earliest."

Orland goes on to mention that Nintendo so far as three major Switch titles announced for release this year which we know includes a remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and the original Princess Peach: ShowtimeMario vs Donkey Kong, a remake of the Game Boy Advance game from 2004, just released last week. 

I admit I don't play my Switch as much as I used to, and I would say that I exclusively play, well, Nintendo's first-party exclusives.  I'm sitting on a backlog pile that you wouldn't believe over on the Sony PlayStation 5 which is where most of my gaming time goes these days.  There are a few Switch titles I need to make time to play sitting on my shelf, but I figure I have all the time in the world to get to those.  Meanwhile, when the next Switch or whatever they call it comes out, I'll have to start all over again with fresh purchases of hardware, games, and accessories.  That can get expensive quickly, and suddenly that backlog of already paid for games on the shelf looks pretty good.  I'm too much of a Nintendo fan to say I won't be there on release day though (especially if a new Super Mario game is involved), so I will make those purchases, but I know in my heart it's not the most responsible thing to do.  With all of that in mind, I say for Nintendo to take its time and do this right.  I'm not in a hurry.