Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Addressing new Switch model rumors would ‘spoil the surprise,’ according to Nintendo

Addressing new Switch model rumors would ‘spoil the surprise,’ according to Nintendo

"The number of subscribers for Nintendo Switch Online has increased steadily since the service was launched last September, and it has now surpassed 10 million accounts", Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said during the Q&A. Nintendo is also the only company that has a console that is portable as well as works with your TV - the Nintendo Switch.

"While we are aware there has been coverage to that effect, we can not comment in regards to speculation and rumors about new hardware or software", Nintendo President, Shuntaro Furukawa, said specifically of the Switch Mini during a recent investor Q&A. So keep this news in the back of your mind for now, as there's a 50/50 chance we'll even see it implemented.

Rumors of new Switch models have been circulating around the internet for some time now.

Today the European arm of Nintendo released a new video focusing on the portability and features of the Switch. The Wall Street Journal then reported that these Switch systems were supposed to be at the show but Nintendo had switched production to Southeast Asia out of fear of the now-defunct console tariffs. It was also Nintendo that changed the original plus-shaped directional pad, which operated digitally in eight directions, into the first analog input device that moves freely in all directions for Nintendo 64.

Nintendo is reportedly working on the next version of the Nintendo Switch - with the most likely scenario being a smaller, handheld-focused version of the game console being developed.

Legendary producer Shigeru Miyamoto also chimes in, stating that he thinks cloud gaming "will become more widespread", but also sticks to his guns: "I think that cloud gaming will become more widespread in the future, but I have no doubt that there will continue to be games that are fun because they are running locally and not on the cloud". "In that time, we have objectively evaluated whether they actually allow our consumers to have an enjoyable play experience, and whether we can operate them at an appropriate cost".

"I believe the console will come with the ability to transmit games to larger displays", Ben Arnold, senior director of innovation and trends at the Consumer Technology Association, told Inverse.

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