Nintendo planning on launching a smaller, cheaper Switch by end of FY2019 [Rumor]

Nintendo is apparently planning on introducing a smaller, cheaper Switch by the end of the 2019 Financial Year.

Although Nintendo had a very strong year, they didn’t end on as strong of a note that they were expecting. The Japanese gaming giant was forced to reduced their yearly expected sales down to 17 million at the earnings release for the period between April 2018 and March 2019. They were previously hoping for 20 million units between the same time-frame.

Do note Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa mentioned late last year that their initial internal goal of 20 million was certainly “not easy”.

To combat this Japanese publication Nikkei reports that Nintendo will be bringing a cheaper, smaller Switch variant to the market sometime in the 2019 Financial Year (April 2019 to March 2020). The report mentions this variant of the Switch will be more “portable” and “easy to carry around”, probably something to replace the 3DS? Or maybe a Switch that’s fully portable without the docking ability?

It was also mentioned that this Switch will come at a cheaper price, something the shareholders have been requesting for a while. This will however have to be done without compromising on functionality.

The report also mentions Nintendo planning a more expensive, premium version of their Nintendo Online service.

A smaller, portable only Switch variant has been rumored several times now, with several insiders and analysts hinting towards it. Also just a side note, Nikkei tends to be fairly reliable with their reports, but this is still a rumor so grain of salt and all.

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