Smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch might surface in June


With that in mind, Nintendo expects the Switch to sell another 18 million units in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, helping it achieve a net sales of 1.25 trillion yen ($11.2 billion) and profits of 180 billion yen ($1.6 billion).

Reports now say Nintendo isn't making a more powerful Switch handheld-console hybrid, and will instead update existing SKUs with nearly negligible upgrades.

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

Earlier this month, key sources told Eurogamer and The Wall Street Journal that two new Switch models would release in 2019: a higher-end next-gen model with beefier specs and performance (dubbed the Switch Pro or Switch+) and a cheaper version aimed at replacing the flagging 3DS (dubbed the Switch Mini, or Switch Lite).

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In terms of hardware, there wasn't a huge budge from the January report, as the Switch went from 32.27 million units sold to 34.74, but that does mean it's finally surpassed the Nintendo 64's 32.93 million units.

First of all, according to Famitsu's estimates, the Switch sits at over eight million units sold-through to customers in the archipelago of the rising sun. For the current year, Nintendo expects to sell 125 million software units, much lower than the expected 161 million.

Furukawa said at a news conference that while the company is always developing new hardware internally it has nothing to announce and had no plans to reveal new hardware at the E3 trade show in June.

However, contrary to previous rumors, Nintendo has since denied reports that it will announce a new console at E3 2019 (via Bloomberg).