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In an incredibly bizarre turn of events, the long-dead Gameshark company may have accidentally leaked the release window for Nintendo’s upcoming Switch 2 console. In a press release by Altec Lansing (which is another old-school brand that I thought was gone), the company announced a new partnership with Ai Shark, formerly known as Gameshark. The two will be looking to leverage some new AI tech, but that’s not so important. What is important is the final line of the first paragraph.

“The official launch is planned to coincide with the Nintendo Switch 2 in September 2024.”


An educated guess for the Switch 2


While this isn’t coming straight from Nintendo and any number of variables could shift the newest Switch away from September, this also isn’t some random rumor. A big company talking about its new gaming initiative has just put into print a release window for Nintendo’s next console. Someone is getting fired in the near future.

At the same time, noted journalist Jason Schereir got in touch with an Ai Shark spokesperson and confirmed the company was merely guessing. Digital Trends also reached out and was given a broader “Fall 2024” window with the company also stating Nintendo hasn’t made any official plans.


Hooray for AI?


The new software from Ai Shark seems fine, I suppose. AI tech has been making a ton of waves in the last year or so and not for the best reasons. While this new software won’t be an old-school cheat device like Gameshark was, it does seem to be along the lines of some of what Sony had been discussing with adaptive difficulty. This one is console agnostic, so it won’t be locked to Switch 2.

Even if it was, I’m almost certain Nintendo didn’t want Ai Shark of all companies to announce when its next console would be in the wild.


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Written by Peter Glagowski

Peter has been a freelance gaming and film critic for over seven years. His passion for Nintendo is only matched by the size of his collection.