The Zelda-themed Switch first leaked online back in December, with additional blurry images surfacing now and again in the lead up to Tears of the Kingdom’s release. While Switch sales have been slowing, the hybrid console is still doing incredibly well for hardware that’s now in its seventh year. It’s now sold even more than the Wii, and might still break a few records before its officially retired.


At the same time, new Switch games are definitely showing the console’s age, and it remains to be seen if Tears of the Kingdom can run as well on it as Breath of the Wild did back in 2017. Nintendo’s handhelds have normally received several design refreshes over their lifecycle, making the Switch an odd exception to the rule, especially given its success. If a Switch 2 isn’t just around the corner at this point, I honestly don’t want to know what is.