Report Claims A New Nintendo Switch Model Is On The Way

According to a new report by way of Taipei-based publication Economic Daily News, Nintendo is allegedly working on a new Switch model.

By Charlie Wacholz

August 24, 2020

In one of Nintendo’s most financially successful years since its founding, they’ve been more quiet than normal. Before today, it might have been safe to assume that it was thanks to the current state of the world, but thanks to a new report by way of Taipei-based publication, Economic Daily News, we might know another reason why; Nintendo is allegedly working on a new Switch model and it might be coming sooner than you’d expect.

This certainly isn’t the first report to suggest that we’d be getting a new Switch model. Almost since its release in 2017, we’ve seen a number of reports — reliable and not reliable — suggest that there would be a more powerful Switch at some point. Much like those same reports, this new one from EDN provides vague details about release windows and capabilities, so remember: Take it with a grain of salt until Nintendo says something to convince you otherwise.

The latest model of the Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite, celebrates its 1st anniversary next month.

Referencing information from unnamed sources on the supply chain, the EDN report claims that the new Switch model will feature hardware-based improvements like an improved display and “upgraded interactivity.” While the specifics of what upgraded interactivity means are unclear, some of the Switch’s biggest hardware-based setbacks have been the infamous Joycon drift, less than stellar pointer controls, a lack of analog triggers and of course its overall power.

According to this report, the next iteration of Nintendo’s latest piece of hardware is set to enter production as early as this year, with a rumored release date set sometime in Q1 2021. While that may sound like it suggests a release sometime between January and March, Nintendo’s fiscal year (and Japan’s) is actually a little different, ending and starting in March.

The report doesn’t specify if the fiscal year that they’re using to plot out the rumored device’s release date is a standard one or Nintendo’s. So if the report is to be believed, production could begin as early as later next month, or as late as next March. With a release date set somewhere between January 2021 and mid-June the same year.

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