Nintendo reportedly will launch two new Switch models in 2019

Rumors regarding two new Nintendo Switch models have picked up steam, with a 2019 release apparently on the horizon.

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With a little over two years on the market, Nintendo's Switch console has done very well for itself. Sales have exceeded expectations and it's been well-received by both players and critics. But now the trick is keeping that momentum going. The publisher will reportedly attempt to do so by bringing out a couple of new Switch models.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, two new Switch models are currently in the works. One will act as an enhanced version of the model that's currently available. Think of it as Nintendo's version of the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro, with "enhanced" features that are being aimed at more "avid gamers." However, WSJ's source notes that it won't be delivered in exactly the same fashion as those upgraded consoles.

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"You would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro," the source told WSJ.

The second system is said to be aimed at the more budget-minded user. With no specifications on design or dimensions, the source only indicates that the second model will be a lower-cost option that's meant to act as a full successor for the Nintendo 3DS. This one is being aimed at a more casual audience and is rumored to be cutting certain features, like controller vibration, to help keep the final MSRP lower. This is in line with rumors that surfaced back in January about a smaller Nintendo Switch that would scrap features to "expand the userbase."

There's no word on price for either of these rumored Switch models. However, WSJ's report states that Nintendo is aiming to reveal this latest line of Switch hardware at this year's E3, with plans to release later in 2019. Nintendo has yet to comment on these rumors, but if they do, come back to Shacknews for more information. For now, stay tuned.

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    March 25, 2019 12:20 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nintendo reportedly will launch two new Switch models in 2019

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      March 25, 2019 1:51 AM

      Switch xl?

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      March 25, 2019 4:54 AM

      I’d buy a high performance one!

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      March 25, 2019 5:26 AM

      I dock mine 99% of the time so if they release an XL I’d probably not need it. I doubt they change the HW specs this early though.

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      March 25, 2019 5:27 AM

      Very few developers used the extra power of the new 3ds. I don't see a beefier switch being any different

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        March 25, 2019 6:12 AM

        If developers are smart they coded their same with resolution scaling so if extra power comes along they wouldn't need to change anything and they'd automatically run better.

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      March 25, 2019 5:48 AM

      My wild guess is that the enhanced edition actually doesn't run faster. But more it'll have Bluetooth support, maybe a better dock, perhaps a steaming ability via a chip like the PS4. And maybe a slightly larger screen in the same bezel space.

      Seems an odd the time to make a faster model though

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        March 25, 2019 6:04 AM

        Mmm, steamed gams.

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          March 25, 2019 6:13 AM

          Ooops. This phone!

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          March 25, 2019 6:57 AM

          > You call video games "steamed gams"?

          > Yes, it's a regional dialect.

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            March 25, 2019 1:08 PM

            > Good Lord what is happening in there>

            > The Witcher 3

            > Uh, The Witcher 3? at 60FPS? 1080P? ON A HANDHELD?

            > Yes!

            > May I see it?

            > No.

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              March 25, 2019 1:10 PM

              "AT THIS TIME OF DAY WITH THIS TYPE OF LATENCY?"

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                March 25, 2019 1:25 PM

                SKINNER! THE SWITCH IS ON FIRE!

                No mother, that's just The Witcher 3!


                Well Skinner, you are an odd fellow but I must say, you steam a good gam.

                heeelllp! HAAALLLLP!

                👍😁

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            March 25, 2019 1:38 PM

            >... yes and you call them 'steamed gams' despite the fact that they're clearly on the Epic Game Store?

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        March 25, 2019 7:20 AM

        Not if the reports from Switch hackers getting the performance of the ARM cores from 750ishMhz to 1.5Ghz with little increase in power draw are true.

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        March 25, 2019 3:34 PM

        Agreed, think it’s more QoL improvements than proper spec bumps.

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      March 25, 2019 5:55 AM

      This is in line with rumors that surfaced back in January about a smaller Nintendo Switch that would scrap features to "expand the userbase".

      This thing is like the fastest selling console in history, so it's curious why you'd pull a maneuver in line with what you'd do to goose sales.

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        March 25, 2019 6:03 AM

        That's a bullshit rumor. There aren't any features on the Switch that can be sacrificed that wouldn't cause a weird schism in the product line where some games are supported by this SKU and other games are only supported by this SKU.

        Like... the only thing I can think of is a Switch that has no screen and is basically a permanent home console. But like... even a SKU like that won't be able to play some games that require touch screen input.

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          March 25, 2019 6:30 AM

          I think that's exactly what you do. There are so few games that can't be played pure handheld or pure console. It's worth it to be able to cut the price by $100.

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            March 25, 2019 6:45 AM

            But a SKU like that betrays the design and marketing DNA of the Switch.

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              March 25, 2019 6:55 AM

              Say that to the 2DS :P

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                March 25, 2019 7:16 AM

                3D on the 3DS could never be mandatory because kids weren't supposed to use it. The 2DS always made sense.

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                March 25, 2019 11:03 AM

                That thing still played all the 3DS games and came in at a lower price to capture the younger market for parents to buy them for.

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          March 25, 2019 6:49 AM

          Better to just kill the dock and make it a portable device. Change the form factor to a clamshell or something and then you have a natural successor to the 3DS.

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            March 25, 2019 7:02 AM

            That would be awful and I’d never use it again. My switch sits docked 99.99% of the time.

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              March 25, 2019 7:04 AM

              Nintendo isn’t gonna break into your house and swap it out. It’s just another (potential) option for other people who may wish to use it differently than you.

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            March 25, 2019 7:37 AM

            Yeah I think the big gap in their product line right now is a handheld that you can give to your kids. The Switch is fragile and expensive. It'll never ever drop to $80 like the 2DS. They can keep the unified software lineup and still have products for two different types of users.

            Maybe the handheld version is smaller and the controllers are built in, but if you connect it with a cable and provide your own joycons you can still get it onto a TV.

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          March 25, 2019 7:46 AM

          I can see an opening for a switch compatible device with a smaller screen and fixed built-in controllers and using the switch-cartridges or downloaded games, to be used without a dock.
          I never used my switch in the dock only in portable mode, yet I would also not want a smaller screen, but shrug I'm probably not the target demographic either.

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            March 25, 2019 7:47 AM

            You have to be able to remove the joycons. Fixed-mount joycons would render a large swath of games unplayable.

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              March 25, 2019 8:27 AM

              will technically but not necessarily practically, I only removed them for one game (Mario Odyssey) I think its mostly a stupid gimmick, and I do think the game has to work with them docked right ? (barring some additional non critical features)

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                March 25, 2019 8:31 AM

                Games you need to be able to remove them for:

                • 1-2 Switch
                • Super Mario Party
                • Every single Labo kit

                Just off the top of my head. Not including games like ARMS that encourage removed Joycons.

                Plus you wouldn't be able to "share the joy." I just think fixed joycons hamstring that console way too much.

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                March 25, 2019 8:36 AM

                No, one of Nintendo's own launch titles required them be separate, 1,2 Switch

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              March 25, 2019 9:17 AM

              You can still buy new ones and connect them. That just wouldn't be the focus of the product.

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                March 25, 2019 9:21 AM

                They're going to start having to combine the charging grips with all the standard joycon then, else you'll have no way to charge them. Not including a charger would be a Nintendo thing to do though.

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                  March 25, 2019 10:49 AM

                  Honestly they should just default to the charging grip anyway. It can't be that much money - probably more difference in the inclusion of a cable than the change in the grip.

                • Zek legacy 10 years
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                  March 25, 2019 4:07 PM

                  Yeah that is a potential issue, there could be a fair amount of consumer confusion about it. But I think the kids market is super important to them, and right now they're sort of dropping the ball on it beyond the 2DS. That's many millions of users riding on their ability to put out an affordable handheld.

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              March 25, 2019 11:30 AM

              You could still use other joycons with it, no functionality is broken.

              A portable 2DS/3DS replacement is almost certainly the play, something along the lines of the Vita that will be marketed as additional Switches for the house/for the kids.

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                March 25, 2019 11:34 AM

                Ehhh but as others have said you then have to figure out a way to charge additional joycons separately without docking to your switch, which would require some sort of new official peripheral in addition to a sleugh of unofficial ones. idk...

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                  March 25, 2019 11:40 AM

                  There's already an official charging grip. I own one.

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          March 25, 2019 10:07 AM

          Most touch-focused games allow you to use a joycon as a pointer/cursor (see Bridge Constructor as an example)

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          March 25, 2019 11:48 AM

          Regarding your first paragraph, never count out Nintendo for being super super dumb.

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            March 25, 2019 12:09 PM

            What? Never. They never make mistakes!

            Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go doodle with my Wii U tablet some fan art for the Miiverse.

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              March 25, 2019 1:17 PM

              Miiverse was great, sucks it and all other messaging options were dropped with Switch

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                March 25, 2019 1:20 PM

                Yeah I never got a chance to ever play around with it as I've never... actually... owned a WiiU.

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      March 25, 2019 6:06 AM

      I think for sure it makes sense to do a cheap handheld-only model. But I don't really see the point in a high performance model. I guess it could have a higher resolution screen, 4k support docked, etc.

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      March 25, 2019 6:46 AM

      Mine is out of warranty, has a failing screen and the joycons need to be replaced. If they could announce any new ones as soon as possible, I'd appreciate it. I doubt I can hold out that long though.

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      March 25, 2019 6:53 AM

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      March 25, 2019 6:56 AM

      Be cool if they launch a more powerful Switch. I'd buy it right away.

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      March 25, 2019 7:26 AM

      Come on 60fps Zelda!

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      March 25, 2019 7:42 AM

      A lower-cost, fewer-featured Switch that would service as their replacement for the DS line would make a lot of sense. Wouldn't be surprised if they could get that sub $200. Yes, it immediately excludes a handful of games, but 'it no great loss" (1,2 Switch and SMParty being the two biggest titles).

      Makes a lot of sense at this time. While I am sure N has some working on what follows the Switch, we're years away from that being a type of reality.

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        March 25, 2019 1:21 PM

        I've said since the Switch launch that we'll get a low cost version to launch with Pokemon.

        I'm not a fortune teller, its literally what they've done in the past with DS price drops and launching 2DS the same day as Pokemon X&Y. A Switch Vita or something along those lines that pushes it into the $200 or sub-$200 range coming out the same day as Pokemon Sword & Shield is as safe a prediction as one can make right now.

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          March 25, 2019 1:24 PM

          As for a Switch Vita losing features, 2DS literally dropped a marquee feature from 3DS and it was fine. They can tier features based on price point just like with 2DS, 2DS XL, and 3DS.

          If they go this route I totally see them marketing it as a second or third (or fourth!) Switch for the home. Miyamoto explicitly said almost two years ago that their goal was to have a Switch for every person in a household, and this is how they would do it.

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          March 25, 2019 1:24 PM

          Yup, get the "it prints money" meme updates for the Switch lite when that happens.

          And then the Switch Pro (presuming a bump over the current switch) is just to remind hardcore gamers that N is there for them too.

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            March 25, 2019 2:28 PM

            Switch Lite is what pushes it well past 100M territory

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              March 25, 2019 2:49 PM

              Well, that and Pokemon.

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                March 25, 2019 3:59 PM

                Yup, hand in hand! I remember people complaining about 2DS when it was clearly there for Pokemon. Same here, except I bet this will be clamored for if this thing has an actual dpad if the sides don’t detach

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      March 25, 2019 7:42 AM

      I can understand a cheaper sku to fill the 3DS gap, but will be surprised if we get a more powerful revision already.

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        March 25, 2019 7:50 AM

        There could be a "better version" just because better parts are cheaper than the original parts but it won't function any different beyond maybe a better battery life and maybe a better screen. Not that it needs a better screen but the screen with switch uses isn't in high demand anymore and that could drive up manufacturing costs.

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      March 25, 2019 8:01 AM

      I don’t think people should have high hopes for this. There is plenty of money being made off their current model, so the obvious answer is whatever they do it will reduce production costs for them.

      So a cheaper one without removing joycons that can still work with the (optionally purchased) dock and a new model with the same design but less need for fans.

      This is more realistic but even the cheaper one is not likely.

      It is very possible that “two new Switch models” just turns into one new model and the punt the other one down the road.

      Just because Nintendo is having huge successes with the Switch doesn’t change their conservative business mentality.

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        March 25, 2019 8:02 AM

        *Cheaper without removable joycons

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      March 25, 2019 11:26 AM

      As long as it's out in time for SMM2. If I am investing in a Switch I want the fasted one they make. I'll be super hurt if IU buy one and then a better one comes out a month later. :(

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      March 25, 2019 12:04 PM

      Amazing news! Premium Enhanced Model is a day 1 for me I can't freaking wait!!!! E3 is going to be insane!

      Also making the new 3DS a base line mini Switch is the best thing they could do, that will be amazing as well!

      Feels good Man

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        March 25, 2019 12:19 PM

        I’m with you Valcan, a switch pro is a day 1 preorder for me. No need for the mini personally, but I’m not gonna hate on it.

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          March 25, 2019 12:35 PM

          Exactly ^^^! I won't bother with he mini either since I don't do mobile + portal gaming. Having said that it is going to be dope for developers to have a OG Switch as a baseline across the board for of all the Nintendo products going forward. That owns hardcore and makes me juiced!I

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      March 25, 2019 12:22 PM

      wtf I've barely had my switch more than a year, gdi nintendo

      feel even worse for people who bought their switches for smash bros

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      March 25, 2019 12:27 PM

      If they made it backwards compatible with 3DS games I would get a new more powerful switch. I would like the bigger screen for games i play on my 3DS, but no way they do that.

      Also, if it is just a dock that somehow adds power to the regular switch, like was rumored early on, that would be neat. Not sure how they could do that though, seems like the dock is just a pass through.

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      March 25, 2019 12:54 PM

      Super Switch

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        March 25, 2019 1:04 PM

        LOL nice :) , they should call it that

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          March 25, 2019 1:12 PM

          New Super Switch Bros. U 2: Luigi's Adventure

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            March 25, 2019 1:13 PM

            I would play anything with Luigi as the main character

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              March 25, 2019 1:20 PM

              Luigi Presents: Super Luigi Human Centipede VR: You’re The Middle Edition

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              March 25, 2019 1:22 PM

              Leisure Suit Luigi: Passionate Peach in Pursuit of the Pulsating Power Blocks

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              March 25, 2019 1:35 PM

              Luigi's Mansion 3!
              NSL:U is also included in NSMB:D

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                March 25, 2019 1:40 PM

                I am definitely excited for that!

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            March 25, 2019 2:01 PM

            Boooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/ :) \m/ let's go, box it up!

            Awesome hahaha :)

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        March 25, 2019 3:31 PM

        yellow switch
        red switch
        green switch
        blue switch

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      March 25, 2019 1:52 PM

      Matte-black Pocket sized switch w/ fixed joycons and I will cum

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      March 25, 2019 1:53 PM

      10" switch xl incoming

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      March 25, 2019 2:16 PM

      If they made an all red one ..

      *Droooooooools*

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        March 25, 2019 4:01 PM

        I wish they did a designer lab like MSFT does with their controller to make your own colors and patterns. Would be great for the Joy Cons.

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      March 25, 2019 3:33 PM

      What SoC/GPU/APU would Nintendo use? Is Nvidia still working on various successors to the Tegra X1?

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        March 25, 2019 4:02 PM

        To get off the Tegra X1 would be one of the reasons for this decision I imagine, it's inherently exploitable hardware.

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      March 25, 2019 9:43 PM

      A Switch Pro IMO is about better performance. Not so much graphics but better performance. I'd love to see Zelda: Breath of the Wild at 1080p/60fps docked. 720p handheld 60fps.
      Especially with titles like Mortal Kombat 11 and Doom Eternal. The Switch needs a performance boost.

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