A report from Nekkie states that Nintendo has begun working on a smaller, cheaper but cut-down Nintendo Switch. They are said to have alerted component suppliers and game studios, informing them that the console could be released as early as 2019. This
Some guesses as to which features will be removed might be the console dock, which would line up with the report’s suggestion that the new console will be more portable and easier to use outdoors. Losing the cartridge slot could also be an option, as Nintendo places more emphasis on downloadable content and its new online service, but at this point, it’s all purely speculation.
Despite its previous quarter being its best ever for Switch sales, Nintendo cut its sales predictions for the console from 20 million to just 17 million units for this fiscal year. A cheaper model could help Nintendo make up for a drop in the regular Switch sales, while also bringing the console experience to more people who were unwilling to shell out $300.
The report also points at Nintendo’s plan to launch a new service aimed at game enthusiasts willing to pay more, sometime in 2019. That could potentially be a more robust classic games subscription, similar to the Virtual Console of the Wii and Wii U days.
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