Two new Switch models ‘now in production’

Analysts expect cheaper model to retail for around $200

Two new Switch models are now in production, suggesting Nintendo could be set to introduce them soon, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Citing people said to work on Nintendo’s supply chain, the article claims one of the new Switch models will be similar in appearance to the existing one but more powerful, while the other will be a cheaper version with a new look.

A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment on potential Switch hardware revisions, but analysts told the WSJ they expect Nintendo to sell the cheaper Switch model for $200 (the current one retails for $300).

Nintendo hopes to maintain strong Switch sales momentum ahead of the launch of next-gen consoles from rival platform holders Microsoft and Sony.

Microsoft revealed new Project Scarlett details during its E3 briefing on Sunday, including plans to release the console next year alongside Halo Infinite, while Sony is also tipped to launch PlayStation 5 in 2020.

The WSJ article also claims Nintendo has moved some Switch production out of China to Southeast Asia in a bid to limit the impact of proposed US tariffs on Chinese-made products, including game consoles.