Rumor: New Nintendo Switch to launch this fall, will replace standard model

Further reports have come out suggesting the Nintendo Switch Pro will be released this year.


With the Switch turning four years old this past March, it would make sense that Nintendo will soon be pushing out a new version of the hybrid console, one with better specs and improved systems. However, The Big N has been radio silent on the prospect of a new Switch model. That of course doesn’t stop the rumor mill from churning, and now we’ve got reports that a new Switch model will launch this fall and will replace the standard model of the console.

This story comes by way of a report published by Bloomberg. According to the outlet’s sources, the new Nintendo Switch - which is commonly referred to as the “Switch Pro” by speculators - will launch sometime this September. Once it hits shelves, Nintendo will allegedly begin to phase out the original model of the hybrid console, making the Switch Pro the new standard model. It will also potentially cost more than the $299 USD price tag that we’ve seen up to this point.

What’s more, Bloomberg reports that the reveal of this new Switch may be imminent. So imminent in fact, that we could receive official word on it before Nintnedo’s E3 showcase, which has still not been given a date as of the time of this writing. While it would be odd for Nintendo to make such a huge announcement before its E3 Direct, it would make sense if the company wants to keep the focus on its software rather than hardware.

Despite the Switch’s continued financial and critical success, most would agree that the console is due for an upgrade. The tablet’s 720p display and its internal components were already lacking in comparison to the Xbox One and PS4, and it now pales in comparison to what’s featured in the Series X and PS5. If Nintendo does plan to reveal a Switch Pro, you can expect to read about it right here on Shacknews.

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    May 27, 2021 9:00 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Rumor: New Nintendo Switch to launch this fall, will replace standard model

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      May 26, 2021 10:55 PM

      Bloomberg is reporting that the Nintendo Switch Pro (or whatever they will call it) will likely be announced just ahead of E3 for release later this year (September) as to allow publishers to announce titles for it at E3. It will likely cost more than $299 and is expected to surplant the base Switch model, so that it will be this Pro version and then the Switch Lite.

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        May 26, 2021 10:56 PM


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        May 26, 2021 11:04 PM

        Had no problem getting an RTX 3080, PS5, or Xbox Series X. This terrifies me

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          May 26, 2021 11:09 PM

          There certainly won't be a fight over the 5 available that Nintendo will produce.

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            May 26, 2021 11:15 PM

            Most popular console in the middle of a component shortage, nbd

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        May 26, 2021 11:18 PM

        So that means they have to be making things now, right? Because foundries are backed up everywhere. Automobile plants are still shut down. Stuff I have seen lately says things will be backed up for another year at least.

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          May 27, 2021 6:56 AM

          it says in the article the production ramp up is about to start

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            May 27, 2021 7:11 AM

            In several prior Bloomberg articles hinting at the Pro, which this also alludes, they have said that Nintendo has made sure to have a decent supply of the chips needed for a healthy run of this new line for this year, it isn't like Nintendo was stupidly going in blind and "oh no, chip shortage!"

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        May 26, 2021 11:23 PM

        Wondering if I should sell my Switch while I wait. But getting it is gonna be SO hard 😭

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          May 27, 2021 12:54 AM

          Supply is going to be so constrained across the board that what you get from your used Switch today probably won't be too far off from what it will be this holiday. If you manage to snag one from Gamestop you should get a good trade-in too

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        May 26, 2021 11:26 PM

        I don't care if it's more than $300. As long as I can still use a third party dock and as long as it means higher resolutions/framerates in games like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I'll pay whatever they want for it.

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        May 26, 2021 11:52 PM

        ...Nintendo has announced that a total of 250 units will be available through 2021 with another 500 possibly coming in 2022, beating the PS5's availability numbers by almost 40%.

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          May 27, 2021 1:31 AM

          Not sure I'm emotionally prepared for this after running the 3080/PS5/Xbox gauntlet even though its the one I want the most

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            May 27, 2021 1:42 AM

            I believe the types of chips this will use won't be near the top of the line like the 30XX or PS5/XBSX and so on are demanding.

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              May 27, 2021 1:54 AM

              Chip supply shortages are affecting even auto computers. Its real bad right now.

              Worst of all is that the Switch is still the best selling console after all this time, supply will be a disaster.

              I am curious what the new Tegra ends up being like since you mentioned chips. I'm expecting something along the lines of the 2018 iPad Pro in GPU horsepower (not necessarily CPU since that was stupid fast) as well as Tensor Cores for DLSS. End result would be something along the lines of a hybrid PS4 Slim, but we'll see!

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        May 27, 2021 1:47 AM


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          May 27, 2021 2:05 AM

          I like Super Nintendo Switch

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        May 27, 2021 1:57 AM

        I hope they do something to make Breath of the Wild run/look better. Not that it's bad but it would be great with more horsepower.

        Though it's Nintendo so if they do it will be a new $60 retail release.

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        May 27, 2021 2:13 AM

        I predict it's only a bit quicker, but adds some tensor cores so it can do DLSS to TVs. The new screen will be more interesting.

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          May 27, 2021 2:25 AM

          Yeah, chip stuff is pretty predictable. Guessing its in the neighborhood of A12X performance plus DLSS, basically a PS4 Slim give or take but with Nvidia's more modern enhancements.

          You're right about the big OLED being more interesting since that's more up in the air. I mean....

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        May 27, 2021 2:16 AM

        How is Nintendo going to bungle the branding this time?

        Switch Pro
        Switch E
        Other Switch

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        May 27, 2021 3:34 AM

        Can't wait for all the $600 bundles we will be forced to buy!!!! My favorite part of new consoles.

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        May 27, 2021 4:27 AM

        Yep as expected. They announce this then show BotW2 gameplay at 4K. That’s probably why they were waiting to show it.

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        May 27, 2021 5:36 AM

        Sounds like I need to sell my Switch pretty soon then.

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        May 27, 2021 5:41 AM

        In for two.

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        May 27, 2021 6:03 AM

        god damn it nintendo just partner with Apple Stores to distribute this damn thing. they're the only ones that seem to be able to handle large releases correctly.

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          May 27, 2021 6:04 AM

          the genius bar has solved global chip shortages?

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            May 27, 2021 6:15 AM

            No but Apple has the right approach: pre sales start at a specific time and day… you can order one of a device per verified Apple account… and you pay them money to get in line and they’ll ship you a device when it’s built.

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          May 27, 2021 7:08 AM

          They can handle large releases correctly because they can buy them. They have an army of logistics people buying out entire production facilities ahead of product launches. Apple bought/reserved 80% of TSMC's 5nm production for 2021 before the 5nm production facilities were actually fully operational.

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        May 27, 2021 6:04 AM

        Sounds like the joycon and all their issues will remain the same?

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        May 27, 2021 6:19 AM

        It's completely impractical and I already have a Switch but if it improves performance I would definitely buy one of these... Gotta assume they're going to take advantage of DLSS somehow.

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        May 27, 2021 6:21 AM

        They can't even produce enough Switches right now to meet demand.

        A four year-old console! That is not a powerhouse and is filled with old, established tech. Can't meet that demand!

        I can't wait to see how impossible this thing is to find for at least a year.

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        May 27, 2021 6:22 AM

        Any upgrade paths?

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          May 27, 2021 6:37 AM

          It would be stupid (Very very stupid) if Nintendo did Switch Pro-only games with the current HW shortage (even if they could push 5M units out this year)

          It would make brilliant sense to do something like Pro-enhanced games, however, with free upgrade patches for its more popular games (BotW, SSBU, Odyssey, etc.) to Pro hardware, and so that post-Pro release games can still be played on base and Lite units but look pretty on Pro units.

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          May 27, 2021 6:59 AM

          for hardware? nope. games? they better

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            May 27, 2021 7:17 AM

            I hope that Nintendo does something like Smart Delivery where it detects which version of the Switch you have and automatically delivers you the best version, but I doubt it. I am guessing that they are going to do time limited shit, like "the first run of Skyward Sword for the Switch also includes an upgrade code to unlock the Switch Pro version". Or the Sony method of "Buy the Switch Pro version of Breath of the Wild 2 and get the Switch version as well". With maybe an upgrade code for the original Breath of the Wild.

            But most of the stuff I expect they aren't going to bother. Like instead of updating Mario Kart 8 they will release Mario Kart 9 on the Pro.

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              May 27, 2021 7:21 AM

              All of that seems plausible.

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              May 27, 2021 7:40 AM

              do we know how many games Nintendo sells cart vs digital? that will give you a hint if they do something like this

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                May 27, 2021 8:11 AM

                Going to their last financials for FY20: They made 1,700 billion yen on total Switch sales, that's including HW + SW. 344 billion of that is strictly digital which includes digital games and DLC.

                They sold just shy of 30M Switch units last year, at ~30,000 Yen a pop, so that's 900 billion yen. So out of 1,700 billion, 800 billion is software. So roughly 344/800 = 43% is digital sales.

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                  May 27, 2021 8:43 AM

                  I should have refreshed the thread before I posted!

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                  May 27, 2021 9:23 AM

                  hmmmm - that's pretty close to 50/50 - so it's worth it for them to do something but they have to manage upgrading carts

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                May 27, 2021 8:42 AM

                Last quarter 43% of software sales were digital

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      May 27, 2021 10:30 AM

      the standard model of physics???

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      May 27, 2021 6:13 PM

      See, the thing is now, as much as I love the switch, I'll wait on this to see what Valve is doing.

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        May 27, 2021 6:48 PM

        The Valve thing seems interesting, and I really liked my Steam Controller until the humidity in Taiwan killed it.

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        May 28, 2021 12:32 AM

        After reading around a bit, I'm leaning towards the Valve thing being a Quest competitor that could plug onto the Index as well as whatever showpiece VR headset it's primarily designed for.

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      May 27, 2021 10:44 PM

      Nope, my Animal Crossing switch is my one and only. Until it breakss.....

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