Nintendo plans to release a new version of the Nintendo Switch next year to maintain the sales of the device, according to suppliers and others with direct knowledge of the plan.
The Nintendo Switch was released in March of last year, and while it has sold just shy of 20 million units, momentum has slowed in its second year.
Nintendo is reportedly still discussing exactly what features and hardware updates will be included in any new model as it looks to improve on the Switch console while keeping costs down.
They are planing to update the console’s LCD screen, the Joy-Cons and the Battery life.
This is not new in the industry, Sony and Microsoft did the same for their consoles ( PS4 Pro and Xbox One X), lets just hope they can maintain the price of the original Nintendo Switch and the good quality of course.
The new model is planned to maintain the sales momentum of the Switch, which has outstripped many industry observers predictions with its strong performance. The Switch has been Nintendo’s fastest selling console worldwide, with a stellar first-year lineup of games helping it to reach 20 million units since its release in March 2017.
However, a sparser release calendar in 2018 has lead to a slow-down in sales of the console, with a 100,000 unit drop-off in the quarter between April and June this year.
While Nintendo can expect a boost in sales as Christmas approaches and the company releases its highly anticipated Switch versions of Pokemon and Super Smash Bros, it will be hoping that a new model of the console can maintain that momentum further.
When contacted about the potential hardware revision, Nintendo said that it ‘did not comment on rumour or speculation’.