Report: Smaller Nintendo Switch model launching by the end of June, updated console later this year

According to a new report by Bloomberg, the heavily-rumored smaller Nintendo Switch model is launching by the end of June 2019, with another updated console set to release later in the year. Read on below for a few excerpts from the report:

“Analysts estimate Nintendo shipped 17.4 million Switch units in the fiscal year that ended in March and that will rise to 18.5 million this fiscal year, according to the average of 10 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

“Growth in the current period will get a boost from the launch of a new, cheaper version of the Switch, according to two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss private plans. The new device will likely be launched by the end of June, according to one of the people. The existing Switch will receive a modest upgrade this year, though a more powerful version is not in the works, the people said.

“What’s more certain is the Switch’s software lineup for 2019, which is decidedly stronger than last year. The Pokemon franchise, perennially popular, will formally migrate to the Switch from the 3DS later this year. New entries in the Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion series are also slated to hit by the end of the year, and analysts expect more big titles to be announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

“That is projected to drive operating profit to 352 billion yen ($3.2 billion) in the fiscal year through March 2019, with software sales of 158 million games, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with estimates for the last fiscal year of 260 billion yen and 120 million units.”

Source: Bloomberg.com

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