Nintendo Switch Pro speculation is once again making the rounds, based on scant evidence.
Yesterday, July 5, industry analyst Serkan Toto tweeted “Summer 2020. Time for the pros indeed (opens in a new tab)“, in a since-deleted tweet, which was enough for people to speculate that the analyst was hinting at a Nintendo Switch Pro announcement. For what it’s worth, Toto claimed earlier this year that Mario Kart 9 was in development, before Nintendo revealed new DLC tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Around the same time, Nintendo enthusiasts noted that the company had started putting certain videos on its YouTube channel. (opens in a new tab) to “Private”. In particular, it looked like Nintendo was setting its announcement videos for the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED models to Private, which some took as a sign that a new hardware reveal was coming.
However, former Nintendo of America announcer Kit Ellis dismissed that speculation in a tweet earlier today. As seen below, the former employee pointed to licensing issues surrounding the use of music and voiceover actors in the two announcement videos as reasons why they could have been temporarily removed, instead. place of impending new hardware revelations.
These major videos usually have music or actors that are allowed to be used for one year and then have to be renewed or taken down. Switch OLED was announced a year ago tomorrow. It’s probably nothing. https://t.co/rVr7xP4bvQJuly 6, 2022
This is just the latest in a very, very long line of speculation and rumor surrounding the existence of new Nintendo hardware. Earlier this year in March for example, a massive leak from Nvidia reignited speculation around the Nintendo Switch Pro, and before that in June 2021 a leaker claimed that the Nintendo Switch Pro would be unveiled later in the same week.
Of course, there have been absolutely no such rumors and reports in the last couple of years or so. For now, we’ll just have to put it all down to a desperate copium.
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