Okay, high quality, there is no Nintendo Switch Pro on the way (this 12 months)
Nintendo definitively crushed my desires this week, when it insisted, as soon as and for all, that it is not releasing a brand new Switch mannequin in 2020. This roughly debunks the longstanding rumor that a Switch Pro is on its way, and I’m high quality, not salty about it in any respect.
In case you haven’t been celebration to the insanity, there have been persistent rumors that Nintendo is working on a 3rd Switch mannequin. This hypothetical sibling to the Switch Classic and the Switch Lite was considered a “Switch Pro.” This would have been extra of a souped-up mannequin, with help for larger resolutions and a extra highly effective CPU.[Read: The Nintendo Switch has most likely outsold the Xbox One]
The rumor principally arose from analyst predictions and studies about Nintendo’s provide chain. It’s laborious to not get enthusiastic about the thought, however there have been maybe indicators it wasn’t meant to be — in spite of everything, the hypothetical Switch Pro would have been launched very near the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Considering a Pro mannequin could be extra of a direct competitor to these two, it looks like it might have been unlikely at finest. Still, it wasn’t utterly out of the query.
But it seems that’s all for naught — and that comes direct from the mouth of Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa. During a company administration coverage briefing, Furukawa mentioned:
Regarding Nintendo Switch, we consider that it is necessary to proceed to speak the enchantment of each Nintendo Switch techniques and develop the put in base. Please notice that we’ve got no plans to launch a brand new Nintendo Switch mannequin throughout 2020.
So yeah, that’s that. I’ve been holding onto hope for a bit, if solely as a result of I wish to see the Switch bury the competitors like the Wii did again in the day. But it’s fairly clear Nintendo has no plans to do that for the foreseeable future.
Does this imply no extra Switch fashions? Not essentially, and I’m undecided Nintendo themselves even know for certain. It’ll most likely rely on how effectively Switch gross sales do that 12 months. But regardless, it seems to be like we’ll must content material ourselves with the two Switch fashions that exist already. Can you say “first-world problems”?
Still, Furukawa did supply a little bit comfort prize (wow, it’s virtually like he knew a melancholy author could be studying the briefing) by declaring the completely darling Animal Crossing Switch, which will probably be popping out along side the new sport in March.
A #NintendoSwitch system impressed by #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons is on the way! With distinctive Joy-Con controllers, a customized design on the again, and a particular Nintendo Switch dock, it’s the excellent way to begin your island life. Available three/13 for $299.99.https://t.co/MC5dJ11F3U pic.twitter.com/VigTPi4NDB
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 31, 2020