The world suddenly seems convinced that a new, more powerful version of the Switch and ‘a line-up of new games’ will be released in 2021.
Almost since it first came out there’s been talk of a ‘Switch Pro’, a mythical new version of the console that’s more powerful than the original, but ever since the coronavirus arrived rumours have understandably stopped – until now.
Business websites The Edge Markets and Bloomberg both cite different sources who claim that Nintendo will release a new, upgraded Switch next year, along with a ‘line-up of new games’.
Bloomberg claims that Nintendo has ‘looked into’ making the console more powerful and supporting 4K graphics – which would be quite the upgrade.
Supposedly, the release of the new console will be accompanied by ‘a slew of games’ from both Nintendo and third parties, in contrast to this year where Animal Crossing and Paper Mario have been the only major first party releases so far.
It’s implied that this is a semi-purposeful decision by Nintendo to let Sony and Microsoft have the spotlight this Christmas, with their new consoles, and then come back strong in 2021.
According to Bloomberg the games, ‘would address a wide range of players, from casual gamers seeking small doses of escapism to more devoted fans putting in marathon gaming sessions’. Which is just how you’d expect a business source to describe games for both casual and more hardcore gamers.
The Edge Markets’ source is Taipei newspaper the Economic Daily News, which cites local suppliers and also suggests that a new console is due next year.
A Google translation of the original newspaper article also mentions the console having ‘better picture quality’, although the details remain vague.
It’s not uncommon for news of a new console to arrive in this way – especially when Nintendo are involved, as they don’t tend to talk about it publicly until the last minute.
If it is true, they’re certainly unlikely to announce it officially this year, as they’d risk putting people off from buying the current models this Christmas.
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