Smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch might surface in June

Smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch might surface in June

Lindsey Duncan
April 26, 2019

Nintendo says popular Switch software included "Super Smash Bros".

According to the publisher, the Switch is now at 34.47 million units sold worldwide. While that missed the company's ambitious plan to sell 20 million units during the fiscal year, it did represent a 12.7% year-on-year increase.

During the fiscal year ended March 31, Nintendo moved 16.95 million Switch consoles. Nintendo's expectations to ship 18 million more consoles this year, also was below analyst expectations.

Nintendo may reveal its cheaper Switch option very soon.

Expanding on a rumour they first published a year ago, The Wall Street Journal now reports that Nintendo is planning on releasing two new models of the Switch, and both may be out in 2019.

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Glancing at Nintendo's digital business, the company said sales from download versions of retail software and download-only titles on Switch "showed particularly good growth", and that overall digital sales revenue rose by 95.4 percent year-on-year to 118.8 billion yen ($1.1 billion). Nintendo sold 49.1 million SNES units following its launch in 1990. And a new report from Bloomberg indicates that we might be in for a bumper E3, with the newswire reporting that a cheaper version of the console will drop "by the end of June".

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

Unfortunately, the Switch's hardware performance ultimately did not meet analysts expectations, at just a 12.7% increase on the same period previous year.

The company has always been one to deny or skip commenting on rumors regarding hardware until its ready to share with the public.