Nintendo Switch fans who have been waiting to see Nintendo’s new line of hardware this year were met with disappointment today after Nintendo CEO denied the rumors of the company planning to announce the Switch Mini and Switch Pro at E3 2019.
There have been a lot of rumors saying that Nintendo has been working on two new variants of the Nintendo Switch. One variant was said to be a cheaper, less powerful version called the “Switch Mini” or “Switch Lite” and a more expensive but powerful variant called the “Switch Pro”. The variants were rumored to be announced by Nintendo somewhere in June at E3 2019. But it seems that won’t be happening.
While speaking to Bloomberg in Osaka, Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said
“As a general rule, we’re always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,” Furukawa told reporters in Osaka. “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.”
Just last week, The Department of Culture of Guangdong Province in China approved Nintendo Switch sales with Tencent as the distributor. It was believed that if Nintendo announced the two variants at E3 at 2019, they would also be released in China somewhere around fall. Furukawa also clarified the company’s plans regarding the recent Chinese approval.
“Our current applications are just for the hardware, but we’ll also need inspections of our software,” Furukawa said. “We will need many more applications to the government and others, so from that perspective, the launch period is still unknown.”
In a recent earnings call, Nintendo announced that Switch sales have surpassed over 37.74 million units. Furthermore, the company estimates that they will sell 18 million more units by March 2020, making the figure around 55.74 million units.
Even though Furukawa has said that Nintendo won’t be announcing a new console this year, he has mentioned that the company is always working on developing new hardware. By these sales estimates, it is likely we’ll get to see something new next year. Also,