Nintendo Switch is nearing the end of its second year on the market, and with 32 million units sold, it’s on a similar pace to Wii, Nintendo’s highest-selling home console of all time. That said, Nintendo did fall short of its Switch sales target for the year, and at $300 it’s a bit pricey for some fans. We’ve speculated in the past that Nintendo could launch a cheaper, portable-only console, and according to the latest rumblings, they may be preparing to do exactly that.
Back in October, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo was planning to launch a new Switch model in 2019. Their report contained no hard details, but they speculated that the new model would “upgrade the screen to make it brighter, thinner, and more energy-efficient.” Others speculated that this could be a more powerful “Switch Pro” model or a cheaper, portable-only device. Nintendo had no comment.
Fast forward to today, and Japanese publication Nikkei is again claiming that a new Switch model is in the works with a 2019 target. According to their sources, Nintendo plans to make a smaller version of the console focused on portable play that cuts features (presumably including the ability to dock, although that’s not concretely stated) in order to achieve a lower price point.