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Nintendo Switch 2 rumours reignite as Nintendo increases stockpile of raw materials by 600%

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The first evidence for new Nintendo hardware has emerged from the company’s own records, which shows them getting ready for… something.Clearly the Nintendo Switch is not going to last forever and yet whenever anyone asks Nintendo about a replacement, they just say the original is intended to have a 10 year lifespan.

That means it’s supposed to last until 2027, but not only does that seem unfeasible but there’s now direct evidence that Nintendo is planning something new in the near future.Rather than rely on insider gossip, which rarely proves to be true when it comes to Nintendo, this rumour is based on Nintendo’s own financial reports, which show a massive increase in raw materials and supplies this year.Last year it only amounted to ¥9,553 million (£58 million) worth and yet for 2022 it’s reported at ¥66,517 million (£401 million).

That’s a 600% increase and still double that of the 2019 figure, when the Switch Lite was launched, and yet Nintendo has provided no explanation for what it’s all for.It’s nothing to do with their new R&D headquarters, which is accounted for differently, and when an investor asked Nintendo what is was for they were given a typically vague non-answer.An official translation should be available shortly but according to Google Translate, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that, ‘It’s a technical and difficult story, so I’ll omit it a lot.’‘One of the things I have is that I have a lot of raw materials, and there is also the effect of changes in accounting treatment’, he added.The implication seems to be that there hasn’t been any major change and Nintendo is just changing the way they report their spending, but that seems peculiar given there have been fluctuations similar to this

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