New report claims a cheaper Nintendo Switch is about to be released

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee have sold 10.63 million units combined since their launch in November 2018, are the fifth best-selling Switch titles, behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with lifetime sales of 12.77 million.

The news of the partnership and hopes that it will extend to mobile gaming helped lift Nintendo's stock price to six-month highs last week.

Nintendo's lastest financial earnings results are now out, giving us a look at the company's hardware and software sales for the past fiscal year.

Digital software sales on Switch brought in ¥118.8 billion ($1.06 billion), an 95.4% increase year-over-year (yoy).

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Nintendo is reportedly launching two new Switch models later this year, with the budget-friendly model apparently dropping at the end of June. By comparison, the Wii U hit 13.56 million units sold in its lifetime from 2012 to 2017.

What the sources could say with confidence is that the smaller Switch will be out sometime in June... which, admittedly, would line up nicely with E3 2019 and the company's most-watched Nintendo Direct event.

Reports now say Nintendo isn't making a more powerful Switch handheld-console hybrid, and will instead update existing SKUs with nearly negligible upgrades.

Nintendo sold 16.95 million Switch hardware units in the year just ended, slightly undershooting its revised forecast of 17 million units. Sony's console is now at 8,033,587. With the 3DS seemingly nearing the end of its life span, the Switch could replace it altogether. Nintendo's gotten away from big E3 or E3-adjacent hardware announcements in recent years.

  • Delia Davidson