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Nintendo might release two new Switch models this year
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Nintendo might release two new Switch models this year

After the cold reception of the WiiU, Nintendo managed to return to form with its hybrid console - the Switch. Now, it seems that the Japanese company wants to capitalize on its growing popularity. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo plans to release two new models for the Switch, as early as this summer.

The first of the two new additions to Nintendo's console family, is rumored to be a cheaper version of the beloved Switch, aimed at more casual gamers. According to the WSJ, it is planned as a successor to the 3DS and will focus on portability. They also report that this Switch version will not have the vibration feature, suggesting that the removable Joy-Con controllers might not be present either.

The second version, conversely, is rumored to be a Nintendo Switch Pro. While it might not be as powerful as competitors Xbox One X and Playstation 4 Pro, it will be aimed at 'hardcore' gamers, offering a more premium and powerful experience than the regular Switch. However, little is known about it so far. There are suggestions that it will have a higher quality screen, but there might be other major changes.

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A new Animal Crossing game is coming before the end of 2019 and it might be announced alongside the new Switch Models. / © Nintendo

The two new Nintendo Switch models are expected to be announced at Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation (E3 takes place in June), and go on sale not long after. With two new games from major Nintendo franchises - Pokemon Sword and Shield and a new Animal Crossing game, set to be released before the end of the year, it would make sense for the Japanese company to release the new consoles along with these titles.

What do you think? Would you be interested in buying a portable only version of the Nintendo Switch? What about a powerful Pro version? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Nintendo Switch is an eighth generation hybrid console (Can be used in both stationary and portable settings) which was first released in March 2017, competes directly with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4. Switch doesn't uses the most popular hardware, but rather follows a middle-ground approach. Original switch costed about 300 USD.

    Wikipedia - "Known in development by its codename NX, the concept of the Switch came about as Nintendo's reaction to several quarters of financial losses into 2014, attributed to poor sales of its previous console, the Wii U, and market competition from mobile gaming. "

    Prior to reading this article I didn't had any idea whatsoever about Nintendo Switch. Thank you.