Gaming fans have been whipped into a frenzy of excitement as rumours are rife that a release date for the Nintendo Switch Pro and next Legend of Zelda game may be unveiled imminently.
The Japanese gaming giant is tipped to release a new version of it’s 2017 Nintendo Switch console in order to compete with the Sony Playstation's PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X – which both dropped this month.
New updates to existing Nintendo gaming software has led fans to speculate that a new console could be released in the very near future.
Specifically, an update of popular social simulation game Animal Crossing suggested fans will be able to save content on their current Nintendo Switch and then pick up the game from the moment they saved on a brand new console.
The Express quotes Nintendo stating in a recent update: "The Animal Crossing: New Horizons game was recently updated to Version 1.6, and with it comes two different options to transfer your save data to another Nintendo Switch system.
"You can either transfer individual player data or your full island save data.
"Full island transfers require a separate free download that you can get from Nintendo eShop."
The statement continues: "This option is if you want to transfer all your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island data to a second system (and don’t plan on going back to your island on the original system).
"For example, maybe you bought a Nintendo Switch Lite system and plan on giving your original Nintendo Switch system to your brother.
"While this is generous of you, you also don’t want to start over in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and lose access to your island and items! The solution is to perform a full island transfer and transfer it to your new system.
"This method requires both systems to have the Island Transfer Tool for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is a free download that you can search for in Nintendo eShop."
However, many fans anticipate this heralds the imminent release of a new Nintendo Switch Pro console which is rumoured to be released next year.
Meanwhile, fans also hope that an updated console will also lead to the release of the next Legend of Zelda game - following on from the 2017 Breath of the Wild.
Prolific Nintendo insider Emily Rogers hinted she expects Breath of the Wild 2 will be unleashed in Q4 of next year - suggesting a release date sometime between October and the end of the year.
Responding to a follower on Twitter asking on Friday when they expect the game will be released, she tweeted back: "85-90% chance that it releases around the holidays 2021."