Nintendo will not be releasing a new Nintendo Switch model in 2020

'No plans,' according to CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 31, 2020 at 8:25 a.m. PST

Recent word from the rumor mill claimed that a new Nintendo Switch model was on its way. The console was reported to be stronger than the current standard version and was said to be set for release mid-2020.

According to Nintendo CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa, a new Nintendo Switch model will not be out this year. In the company's latest corporate management policy briefing, Furukawa talked about the current state of the console, noting that there are "no plans" for a new version in 2020.

"Regarding Nintendo Switch, we believe that it is important to continue to communicate the appeal of both Nintendo Switch systems and expand the installed base," Furukawa began. "Please note that we have no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020."

The proposed new Switch model was reported to be coming with a magnesium alloy body, instead of the standard plastic casing. It also would be equipped with a stronger CPU, giving it better performance and likely making it the "Pro" or top of the line iteration of the console / handheld hybrid.

Furukawa explained that though the Nintendo Switch is close to the midway point of its lifespan, according to "conventional wisdom for dedicated video game platforms," the company feels that there is still room for growth.

"According to the conventional wisdom for dedicated video game platforms, Nintendo Switch should be entering the midway phase of the hardware lifecycle," Furukawa said. "But we believe we have built a foundation on which we can pursue further growth opportunities for Nintendo Switch."

Nintendo released an updated version of the standard Nintendo Switch in August 2019, adding longer battery life when in handheld mode. The Switch Lite, a strictly handheld version of the console, dropped the following month, and it appears that the company is currently happy with these two products being their main Switch line up.

The console continues to perform well, with Nintendo's estimate coming in at over 48 million units sold up through December 2019. This includes both the standard Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the platform's premiere fighting game, also remains strong in sales with the latest figures reporting nearly 18 million units sold.

While a new iteration in the Switch family isn't coming this year, Nintendo did just announce a special Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch console that is due out in March. So, if you're itching to add another Switch to your collection, scooping this one up might be your next best bet — for right now, anyway.

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