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A special edition Switch OLED for Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, but no Switch Pro?

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Nintendo fans are impatiently awaiting a new, more powerful Switch, capable of sublimating the AAA games that the console is finding it increasingly difficult to cash in on. Many of them were betting on a launch in parallel with the next episode of Zelda, in May 2023. That may not be the case!

The Switch, launched in March 2017, had an overhaul in 2021 with the OLED version which enlarged and improved the screen, but without giving the hybrid console the power boost it needed. Several of the big games released last year, such as the latest episode of Pokémon, Sonic Frontiers or Bayonetta 3were somewhat disappointing on a technical level (which does not detract from the quality of the gameplay of these games).

The next episode of Zelda deserves an OLED Switch

The launch of the Switch OLED was preceded by a flood of rumors announcing a “Pro” version, in other words more powerful, of the console. Unfortunately that didn’t happen! All those who were eagerly awaiting this new model marked the date of May 12, 2023 with a white stone, synonymous with the launch of Zelda: Tears of the KingdomFollowing Breath of the Wild. And for good reason.

Even though Breath of the Wild was also released on the Wii U, the game was also and above all one of the launch titles for the Switch. Therefore, there is nothing illogical in thinking that this new episode would inaugurate a “Switch 2”. Nintendo could disappoint fans: rather than a more powerful console, it seems that the publisher is content with a special edition of the Switch OLED.

@Famiboards

An image of the packaging has indeed appeared on a Chinese forum, it shows the console with Joy-Con and a base in the colors of the game. It’s no surprise, Nintendo had done the same for Splatoon 3 and Pokemon Scarlet & Purple (Breath of the Wild had also inherited its special edition Switch in 2017).

This branded OLED Switch Tears of the Kingdom does not necessarily bury the dream of a Switch 2, but it is hard to see Nintendo launching a special edition of the Switch OLED and a brand new console at the same time.

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