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Pokémon Legends Z-A reveal reignites Nintendo Switch 2 rumours

Pokémon Legends: Z-A release date announced for 2025, sparking rumors of new Nintendo Switch console. Fans excited for mega evolutions.

Nintendo recently unveiled its plans for the next year during its annual showcase, and fans were thrilled to learn that the highly-anticipated Pokémon Legends: Z-A will be launching for the Nintendo Switch in 2025. This news immediately sparked speculation that the game could be one of the early titles on the rumored sequel to the popular console, which has been widely reported to be launching next spring, despite the lack of an official announcement.

The game's trailer and a tweet from the Pokémon Company mentioning "simultaneous" release and multiple "Switch systems" led many to believe that the secret was out. However, some pointed out that there are already different versions of the original console, and BBC Newsbeat has reached out to Nintendo for clarification on whether the simultaneous release refers to multiple countries or multiple systems.

Following the performance issues of the most recent Pokémon games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and the controversial release of Palworld, fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Pokémon Legends: Z-A. The game's teaser, featuring a computer-generated Pikachu and other Pokémon in various locations, has generated excitement among fans, especially with the hint of mega evolutions making a return.

The announcement also included a new app version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and updates to Pokémon Go and other spin-offs. However, the 2025 release of Pokémon Legends: Z-A means that the Nintendo Switch's release calendar is relatively quiet, with only a few in-house titles announced beyond remakes of Luigi's Mansion 2 and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Despite this, Nintendo has sold almost 140 million Switch consoles since its release in 2017, surpassing the reported 117 million PlayStation 4s worldwide. With the anticipation building for Pokémon Legends: Z-A and the potential for a new Nintendo console, fans are eagerly awaiting what the future holds for the Pokémon series and the Nintendo Switch.

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