Nintendo might launch two new Switch models this summer


"The company judged the new Switch models won't need the vibration feature because there wouldn't be many games released using the full benefit of it", an "official familiar with the plans" told Bloomberg.

This is one of many reasons the year is already shaping up to be a pretty eventual one for Nintendo, which is also releasing a version of its Mario Kart franchise for smartphones this summer.

The Japanese gaming giant is planning to launch two new Switch models as early as this summer, The Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that in addition to that smaller device, an enhanced version aimed at more hardcore gamers will also be arriving.

It won't be as powerful as the other consoles, but it will still compete with them with upgraded internals and new features for actual gamers.

Nintendo is hoping to appeal to two different subsets of consumers with these two new Switch models.

The cheaper version, on the other hand, is more of a successor to the 3DS. A Nintendo representative declined to comment when approached by WSJ. The existing Switch is now priced at $300 in the US. It's not clear how powerful this new system will be, but according to the WSJ it won't be up to par with the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro. Answers to those questions might be right around the corner, as both consoles may be unveiled at E3 2019, and could be on shelves just a few months later. We'll find out soon enough, as June and E3 are quickly approaching.