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Nintendo Talks Down Rumours Of New Switch Model Announcement At E3

Nintendo Talks Down Rumours Of New Switch Model Announcement At E3

Headlines have been good for Nintendo of late. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold more copies than the Wii U did units (my very heart cries for that darn console); the Nintendo Switch itself has now overtaken the Nintendo 64 in all-time sales, and is on course to achieve close to what the PlayStation 4 has; and all told, the company's had its best financial results since 2009.

Also doing the rounds is a rather widespread rumour that Nintendo will release not one but two new Switch models in the near future. Bloomberg reported as recently as 24 April (that's yesterday, at the time of writing) that one of these revisions, essentially a budget version, would come out in late June, perfectly complementing the 28 June release of Super Mario Maker 2, a big first-party exclusive. A more-powerful Switch is expected later down the line.

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But Bloomberg has backtracked on that position today (25 April), reporting that no date has been announced for either new Switch - and that the very existence of new hardware remains unconfirmed, too. They quote Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, who told reporters in Osaka:

"As a general rule, we're always working on new hardware, and we will announce it when we are able to sell it. But we have no plans to announce that at this year's E3, in June."

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

E3 takes place in Los Angeles from 11-14 June (and we'll be out there, reporting directly from the event across both GAMINGbible and UNILAD Gaming channels, so look out for that). It was anticipated that Nintendo would use the annual conference to make a statement about new hardware, most likely via one of its semi-regular Direct broadcasts. Now, we do know that there is going to be one of those, with a fair few surprises in it; but it seems that it'll focus on games rather than a redesigned console to actually play them on.

To return to Furukawa's comments quickly, though: Nintendo absolutely has announced new hardware long ahead of it being ready to ship, in the past. That was the case with the Nintendo 64, aka the Ultra 64 when it was first revealed in 1994, ahead of its 1996 launch; and the GameCube, which was announced in the summer of 1999 (as Project Dolphin) before hitting stores in autumn 2001.

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So, it could be that there's something coming (indeed, it remains highly likely, given there's no denial of a new Switch being worked on in Furukawa's comments). Nintendo might not be targeting E3, but there's plenty of the year left. Plenty of time. Plenty of time.

Would a cheaper Switch tempt you to belatedly splash out on Nintendo's hit console? Would you miss the dock, for the big-screen experience? Let us know - we're on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: video games, switch, rumours, E3, Nintendo, gamingbible

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Former gigs include VICE Gaming, BBC Music, BBC Gaming Show. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016), 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016), 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games' (2019). Contact: [email protected]

 

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