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OSAKA, Japan— Nintendo Co. is looking to peripherals to lift the sales pace of its Switch videogame console in the product’s second year on the market rather than changing its basic hardware, say people familiar with the company’s plans.

The people familiar said expanded Switch features in the coming year could also include additional network-related features and peripherals to be attached to its USB Type-C port.

But they said changes to the Switch itself—like a smaller version of the machine—were unlikely this year as Nintendo focuses on better manufacturing and shipping of the current model.

In its first year, the Switch was frequently in short supply, and procuring key components remains a challenge.

At an investor briefing in February, Mr. Kimishima, the Nintendo CEO, said he wanted to make the Switch’s product cycle longer than the five-to-six-year span that’s become customary in the videogame console industry. One person familiar with development plans said waiting longer to introduce variations in the hardware would serve that purpose.

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/nintendo-wont-have-switch-2-0-looks-to-peripherals-for-more-sales-1519890429?__twitter_impression=true



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It seems we want have any Switch revision this year.



Miyamotoo said:
It seems we want have any Switch revision this year.

I dont think many were expectig one this year anyway



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I don't expect any new models before 2020.



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Makes sense. Until the sales of the Switch don't start to drop below certain levels, there's no reason to add more models. I wonder which peripherals are they talking about. A headset with official voicechat support? Labo? The Vitality Sensor?...



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Better manufacturing could be an internal revision of the current model utilising a better fabrication process. Also the current model has a daughterboard for the 32GB flash memory I believe so a 64GB revision could easily be introduced without revising the main board. Not forgetting colour variations and special editions of the current model too. I don't think we will get through this year without some of this happening. Maybe I'm wrong but I've a feeling in the past they have announced new revisions with short notice too so as not to affect existing stock selling. I would think September is a likely time to announce something for the Christmas season with the revision available shortly afterwards.

However sometimes commercial factors are the catalyst. If Switch sales start to slow or Nintendo can manufacture a revision at a reduced price compared to the current model then their motivation may increase to release something new.



Yes, awesome news. The switch should always stay a hybrid. No Switch mini or xl or anything should happen. It will only over complicate things.

For people who are clamoring for a smaller sized, more portable experience, or budget handheld for the kids, the 3DS is for you. And once the 3DS gets discontinued, the Switch will already be budget enough for kids.

No need for a portable-only "switch".

News ways to play and more peripherals are the way to go.



Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.

Don't care for either. I want software.



KLAMarine said:
Don't care for either. I want software.

Too bad. Every new release from now on will be labo related. 

You better get used to it.



 

 

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160rmf said:
KLAMarine said:
Don't care for either. I want software.

Too bad. Every new release from now on will be labo related. 

You better get used to it.

Or I'll just not buy labo-related stuff.