RUMOR: Nintendo Considering Smaller Switch Model For 2019

Friday, February 1st, 2019

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Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reports that Nintendo is considering the sale of a smaller Nintendo Switch redesign for release in their fiscal year 2019. Such a redesign they say is to focus on the Switch’s handheld form and the removal of certain features. The small redesign would also reportedly feature a slimmer frame and improved battery life.

Previously, Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa outright stated in an interview that there were no plans for a Switch redesign in the future, nor a price drop. The Nikkei has a long track record of Nintendo rumors and reports, some accurate (the original 3DS XL) to false.

The ulterior motive for a smaller Switch would be to expand its audience in time for 2019’s new installments of Animal Crossing and Pokémon. A similar situation took place in 2013 when Nintendo happened to announce the cheaper-priced Nintendo 2DS in time for Pokémon X and Y, which launched at $130 in a slimmer form without stereoscopic 3D.

Nintendo has no response to Nikkei’s report at this time, so this firmly falls into rumor territory.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.