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The next model of Nintendo Switch will reportedly reduce size, costs, and capabilities



The contractor's assessment of how the Nintendo Switch's minor revision of the vote may look like, based on the Nikkei report. (To be clear, this picture is sarcastic.)
Enlarge / The contractor's assessment of how the Nintendo Switch's minor revision of the vote may look like, based on the Nikkei report. (To be clear, this picture is sarcastic.)

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Nintendo's speculative plans to produce a revised Nintendo Switch model gathered steam on Thursday with extraordinarily new information. Last year's meat rumor simply predicted that the new model could arrive in 2019, but the Japanese report has reduced fans' expectations based on its sources: Nintendo may have a new SKU with portability and price rather than power. (And the news release revealed another possible "service" to come, too.)

The report from the official stock market Nikkei.com (a user translated from Nintendo Everything) lists a combination of hardware partners and game developers who all suggest that the next switch model will be "miniaturized". As a result of the system, it will allegedly emphasize "portability" and "play out", which will "reduce the features" to reduce the retail price.

The Nikkei report does not include more specifics, which leave many questions about this SKU rumor. If we add the details offered by Nikkei, however, we can assume that one of its reduction functions can be removing the switched Switch Dock; this product can currently be purchased separately with MSRP of 89.99 dollars. Cutting that combination of chipset, plastic mold and increased size and weight of the box will be the easiest way to reduce the current $ 299.99 MSRP of the system.

Nintendo can also support the full port, but it would only make sense if the updated, tailored motherboard was no longer compatible with the "overclock" that is applied to the system when working with a higher pixel resolution in the television mode.

Aesthetically, you can expect a smaller screen size and scaled frames. If the shape factor is reduced in a way that prevents existing Joy-Con controllers from being no longer fit, Nintendo's solution can very well tighten the controls in the system – although this would violate compatibility with certain existing Switch games, especially last year Super Mario Party.

Such a console revision will line up with two dazzling pockmarks to an otherwise excellent vacation 2018 financial report: failed to reach this sublime "20 million switches sold in the fiscal 2018" target, and seriously dive into the sale of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software. New portable Nintendo Switch, which reduces input costs and sold as a durable, child friendly system, can return Nintendo to good sales to parents and to throw two birds with one stone in the shape of a switch. (The current Nintendo Switch model is nice and beautiful for use in portable mode, but I have not yet met a parent who does not shield the delicate system in case and screen protector before handing it over to a clumsy child.)

This report does not say anything about the existing SKU, and we assume that the larger screen and TV option will continue to be offered along with any tailored revision – just as Nintendo has done with a multi-size version of its DS and 3DS systems. However, this report seems to disable Nintendo's hungry fans of any dreams that Switch-Plus could, with the fate of the new Nvidia Tegra SoC, launch in the near future.

And one more thing …

The report also includes an incredibly brief mention of a possible new version of the paid Nintendo Switch Online service. Nikkei simply says "new" [online] service "can start" sometime in 2019 "with a focus on" game enthusiasts. "Nikkei is not trying to guess the nature of this service, nor will it cost more. (Nintendo's All-Translator's assumption assumed this service will come to a higher level price, but other journalists he contested that translation.)

The easiest assumption of what should come: more classic Nintendo games. We've already seen notes in the NES's files on Switch that refer to a wide range of super-nintendo games from the first and third parties, and Nintendo simply can wait for a certain point in 2019 to publish these and renew the interest in Switch is an anemic choice of classic games.

Nintendo did not immediately answer Ars Tech's questions about Nikki's report.


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