Revised Nintendo Switch models are back in the rumor mill again, thanks to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. This time, the report states that Nintendo could be working on TWO additional models for their hit console/handheld hybrid.
The first of these would be the portable, stripped-down Switch that was the center of the first rumor. WSJ describes it as “a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device.” That plan would make sense, given that Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released for the Switch later this year, and Nintendo has always considered the handheld market a major factor in the brand’s success. The Switch is portable, but it may not be portable ENOUGH for them.
What kind of compromises will be made for this “simplified” Switch? There is no word if the new model would have a smaller screen, but WSJ seems to think that “HD Rumble” would definitely be taken out. Barely any game has used the feature extensively, besides the launch title “1 2 Switch.”
The stripped-down Switch is likely intended for the children’s market…an “entry” device much like the cheap 2DS is right now. Gamers above the age of 13 may not be interested in it. It’s this second Switch that’s for them — a slightly more powerful model.
They say it “will have enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won’t be as powerful as Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X.” I wouldn’t worry about this model putting your still-technically-new Switch out to pasture. If it is anything like the New Nintendo 3DS XL, or the DSi before it, odds are it will have about one or two exclusive games in total.
The report from WSJ suggests we could be hearing about these Switches as soon as E3, or if not there, possibly a couple months before the holiday season.