Nintendo to Launch Two New Nintendo Switch Consoles In 2019: Report

Nintendo to Launch Two New Nintendo Switch Consoles In 2019: Report

Nintendo Switch may get two new versions this year, a pro variant and one to replace the Nintendo 3DS

  • One would be geared towards existing Switch owners
  • The other would replace the Nintendo 3DS and be cheaper
  • The cheaper model would target casual gamers

The Nintendo Switch is one of the best-selling consoles ever and Nintendo may be looking to capitalise on its success with two new Nintendo Switch console variants due this year. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, one Nintendo Switch version "will have enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers, although it won't be as powerful as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One X" while the other would be geared towards less savvy audiences.

The second model "is a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its ageing hand-held 3DS device." The Wall Street Journal cites both parts suppliers and software developers in their report stating that the cheaper option will have a lower price point by removing features like vibration.

Both Nintendo Switch versions will be announced at E3 2019 with a release date in time for Christmas and new games such as Pokemon Sword and Shield as well as Animal Crossing.

This is the second time in recent memory that The Wall Street Journal has reported on the possibility of a new Nintendo Switch. Back in October, it stated a new Nintendo Switch model or Nintendo Switch Pro was in the works with Nintendo deciding what hardware and software features to add and is considering the cost of these additions.


Although the new Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Pro won't forsake its LCD screen for an OLED panel similar to the iPhone X with the report citing "suppliers and others with direct knowledge of the plan", display improvements are being considered too. The upgraded Nintendo Switch would share many features with the current version and be compatible with existing Switch game software.

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