Nintendo Says There's No Plans for New Switch Model in 2020

Nintendo Says There's No Plans for New Switch Model in 2020

Dashing all hopes for the Switch Pro.

Despite rumors, it sounds like a higher fidelity Nintendo Switch won't be on the way anytime soon. Nintendo confirmed today that there are no plans in place to launch a new Nintendo Switch model in 2020.

Presented during a briefing for the nine months leading into Dec. 2019, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that Nintendo would be sticking to its two current Switch systems: the base model Switch and the Switch Lite.

Furukawa emphasized that the two styles of Nintendo Switch hardware allow users to choose a version that matches their lifestyle. He says the Switch Lite's introduction this year has expanded the base of new customers on the system, and that Nintendo also sees some Switch users who already own one Switch buying a second to make use of both.

Earlier today, Nintendo's nine-month financials showed that Switch Lites were accounting for a significant amount of consoles sold, backing up these statements. It seems like the company is content to, for the moment, let these two constitute the Nintendo Switch ecosystem. Sorry, Switch Pro hopefuls.

Despite new hardware hopes being dashed, the Nintendo Switch has been having a stellar time since its launch in March 2017. Nintendo confirmed today that Switch lifetime sales have surpassed the SNES, so it's skyrocketing ever closer to that mythical Wii sales number. It helps that this year's games, especially exclusives like Pokemon Sword and Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3, performed very well.

So while the rumors of a Switch Pro might not yet come to fruition, it's fine to take comfort in what we already have. They just announced an adorable new Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch, anyways; what more do you need?

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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