Report: Nintendo Plans to Release a New Version of the Switch as Early as Summer 2019

Report: Nintendo Plans to Release a New Version of the Switch as Early as Summer 2019

Sales have slowed and Nintendo is looking to keep the Switch competitive.

According to a new report based on sources with direct knowledge of the plans, Nintendo could release a new version of the Nintendo Switch as early as Summer 2019 next year.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo could launch an updated version of the Switch, though how exactly Nintendo's hybrid video game console could be updated is still under debate at the company. The report suggests that one option could be updating the display of the console, upgrading the low-end LCD that's on current Nintendo Switch consoles to something similar to recent smartphone LCDs. However, Nintendo is not expected to use OLED screens used in Apple's iPhone X.

According to the report the reason is because of Switch sales. While not failing, the Switch is certainly not selling as much as in its first year when the Switch first became available in March 2017. Nintendo apparently wishes to keep the Switch competitive with a new hardware refresh. Nintendo's goal is to sell 20 million Switch units by March 2019, which analysts say is possible given the right software. Nintendo's biggest holiday software release in 2018 is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which is coming out on December 7.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo's killer app for this holiday season. Is it enough?

The new Switch shouldn't be considered a Switch 2, but rather something similar to the PS4 Slim or Xbox One S, or even 3DS refreshes where the platform will come with upgraded components but still play the same apps and software as the previous version.

In light of the reports that there is a new Switch slated for next year, some developers are asking questions about the Nintendo 3DS which despite Nintendo's assurance, is quickly becoming replaced by the Switch and smartphones. The report says that at least one software company executive wants a "clear message" from Nintendo about the 3DS once the new Switch comes out.

Nintendo has declined to comment on the report.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.

Eric's Farewell | Off to Find a New Challenger

It's time for us to move on, but we'll carry USG with us wherever we go.