Japanese publication Nikkei has claimed that Nintendo is working on a smaller and cheaper version of Switch and it may release as early as this year. This rumor of a new Switch model comes right after the company’s announcement of total hardware sales.
According to Nikkei, the new version of the console focuses on portability and will lack some features of the original console in order to reduce sale price.
It’s no secret that Nintendo Switch sales have been great and 2018 was another strong year for the company. Nintendo revealed yesterday that they have sold over 32 million Switch units as of December 31, 2018. Though the results didn’t turn out to be good as the company expected which is why they have now revised the sales forecast of Nintendo Switch from 20 million to 17 million for this fiscal year.
The change in sales forecast aligns perfectly with the recent rumors of a new version of the console. The upcoming new and cheaper version of the console can help the company achieve its sales forecast easier and more quickly. It’s like the creators are trying to make the hybrid console a mainstream console by allowing it to reach smaller hands.
As for this rumored mini Switch SKU, we are expecting things like the plastic dock to be removed first. The plastic TV dock can be currently purchased separately for $89.99 so this can result in a prominent price decrease. The company can also opt out for a smaller and cheaper display and offer a physically attached controller instead of current removable Joy-Cons.
A mini and cheaper version is exactly what Nintendo needs to increase sales furthermore.
Apart from the new console, the report mentions that there’s possibly a new version of Nintendo Switch online service coming which could also launch in 2019 and it focuses on “game enthusiasts” but will be available at a higher cost.
There have been many rumors in the past of an upgrade or a successor so do take this all with a grain of salt as nothing has been confirmed officially yet.