Cheaper Switch coming by June

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New report claims a cheaper Nintendo Switch is about to be released
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27 April, 2019

Last year, it sold 17 million units, below the 17.5 million that were estimated. Ultimate. More details on that will be given soon. With no hardware news for the Switch coming out of E3 2019, everyone will have to keep their eyes peeled for any potential announcements coming from Nintendo later on in the year.

Although Nintendo has yet to acknowledge any future hardware plans for the Switch, reports have suggested that the cheaper model would have a smaller display and might not come with a dock or even support the dock.

On the hardware front, annual Switch sales totaled 16.95 million units. Yoshi's Crafted World is also selling "faster than previous games in the series", and attracting a large female audience. Annual sales rose 14% to 1.2 trillion yen ($10.7 billion). Analysts expected 350 billion yen of operating profit, but Nintendo only achieved 260 billion yen.

Nintendo is reportedly launching two new Switch models later this year, with the budget-friendly model apparently dropping at the end of June.

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Bloomberg also echoes Nikkei in suggesting that a "more powerful version" of the system, rumored by the WSJ, is not now in the works.

A lower-cost version of the Switch could capture the 3DS's market when that console inevitably toddles off the mortal coil, while a higher-performance or longer-lived variant could take advantage of the considerable performance improvements available to mobile devices since the 2015-era, 20nm Tegra X1 CPU inside the Switch debuted.

The industry is facing a shake-up with established console gaming companies like Nintendo and Sony Corp exposed to competition from new entrants like Alphabet Inc's Google offering browser-based games streaming services. This would be the opposite of the strategy the company used with the Wii U, which launched in 2012, a year before the PS4 and Xbox One. Combined Switch software unit sales for the 2018 fiscal year reached 118.55 million units, up 86.7% from last year.


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