Sources within Chinese supply chains are claiming that an “improved” Nintendo Switch is in the works with a planned launch of early 2021.
IGN, via VGC, via Taipei tech site Economic Daily News, are reporting that the new Switch model will feature upgraded “interactivity” and improved display.
This can simply turn out to a better, more efficient screen, and less shitty Joy-Cons, that don’t suffer from drift. Perhaps Nintendo is streamlining their production, leading to more efficiency, and cost improvements, maximizing profits.
Whatever the case, it does not appear to be the often rumored Switch Pro. Nintendo is making enough money on the regular Switch and Switch Lite, given that they are sold out everywhere, so why rush?
Nintendo has not officially distributed goods and services in Brazil since 2015, but that will be coming to an end soon.
The Nintendo Switch, which was released over three years ago is making it to the land that gave us Pelé, the thong, Carnival, cheap plastic surgery, and my personal favorite, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Importation tariffs in Brazil can range anywhere from 20% to 50%, which made the cost of doing business in the country cost prohibitive for Nintendo.
Nintendo fans in Brazil have been forced to import or purchase through shady resellers. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lowered taxes on games on 2019, giving Nintendo the opportunity to re-enter Brazil, which is the world’s 8th largest economy.
All the rumors turned out to be true. One of the worst kept secrets of the past few months will be launching September 20—the Nintendo Switch Lite.
The Switch Lite will launch with three color variations: yellow, gray, and turquoise and will be priced at $299, a $100 cheaper than a standard Switch. Nintendo is positioning the Switch Lite as a console for those who want to play on the go, a more portable Switch, if you will.
Of course, the Switch Lite is slightly smaller than a standard Switch, and it has an old school D-Pad instead of buttons, but it will sport a longer battery life.
Also, the Switch Lite will not have detachable Joy-Cons, a kickstand, and won’t support any TV mode, validating previous rumors. This is a true and handheld console folks.
So, is this the end of the 3DS? According to Nintendo’s Doug Bowser, nope.
“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand…”