Smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch might surface in June

Lifetime Switch sales now stand at 34.74 million units, and recent rumors suggest Nintendo will look to give the console a shot in the arm by launching a more affordable model with a focus on portability later this year. Ninty still has some way to go to surpass the 101.63 million Wii consoles sold and the 118.69 million Game Boys it flogged over the course of the handheld console's life.

The presentation also confirms that the number of Switch development kits shipped to publishers "greatly exceeds" Nintendo's earlier platforms. But Nintendo had expected to sell 20 million units.

By quarter, Nintendo posted a profit of 25 billion yen ($223 million) for the January-March period, more than five times what it earned the previous year, on 203 billion yen ($1.8) quarterly sales, up 2%.

Sales of the NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition totalled 5.95 million units.

As Bloomberg reports, Nintendo managed to disappoint analysts, investors, and probably quite a few gamers as well this week.

For the 3DS, 13.22 million software units were sold for the fiscal year, with Nintendo stating that it will continue to drive sales of "evergreen titles" that will "leverage the hardware install base".

On mobile, Nintendo's IP related income rose by 17 percent year-over-year to 46.0 billion yen ($411.8 million), and the company seemed particularly pleased with the performance of Dragalia Lost. Now, thanks to a new report, we have a potential launch date for the console: June 2019. Also, just because it doesn't plan to announce new console skus at the event doesn't mean new offerings aren't in the works. Those are tough numbers to match, but Switch's pace of 17 million per year is impressive in its own right.

  • Latoya Cobb