The Nintendo Switch has been hailed for its fluid innovation, growing library, and incredible third-party support. As the Big N has done with their handhelds and as Xbox and PlayStation do with their models, a modified version of the hybrid console is on the way. Two, in fact, though one will be a much more affordable option for those looking to save a few bucks.
According to a recent report in Japan’s Nikkei, a new Nintendo Switch model is coming this fall that will be smaller and more affordable. Following after this second model, it was also reported that a more “powerful” next-generation Switch would be launching in the next year, though details on the latter are scarce at best.
Thanks to a recent translatgion by Gematsu, the following Switch “next-generation device that is a full model change of the current hardware” will debut after the more affordable option launches this year. It’s unclear if both models will be set in 2019, though it’s doubtful that they would launch two so closely to gether.
The latest report from Nekkei focused primarily on the challenges Nintendo faced regarding the culture surrounding it, most notably after the crash the company saw after the Wii U and inventory concenrs. There was also a report that “Quality of Life” resources were stopped within the company, which was a project that focused primarily on sleep-tracking that was helmed by the late Satoru Iwata. The rest of the company had their doubts about this project since it wasn’t “Nintendo-like,” which makes the focus on the successful Switch line all the more vital to operations.
It will be interesting to see how the Switch line continues on following such immediate and long-standing success. Hopefully Nintendo will have something more official to reveal here soon, or perhaps even E3.