Nintendo Switch: No New Hardware Announcement At E3!

It’s official, Shuntaro Furukawa, the CEO of Nintendo himself said that they will not show new Nintendo Switch at this year’s E3…

Furukawa talked about the subject during the company’s financial briefing about their previous fiscal year, saying the big N doesn’t plan to talk about new hardware during E3 2019, which means the previously rumoured „Switch Lite,” the cheaper, budget version of the console, is suddenly on thin ice. He added that even though there is no new hardware announcement, they always work on new hardware internally… which means it’s unlikely if there actually will be a cheaper, and a „modestly upgraded” Nintendo Switch in the stores by the end of the year…

Nintendo also revealed its fiscal earnings, which revealed that by March 31, 34.74 million Nintendo Switch units were sold. This figure is bigger than what VGChartz has recently guessed (33.15 million), which means it is official now: the Nintendo Switch in its slightly more than two years has sold more than the Nintendo 64 during its roughly six-year lifetime! Not bad! In the previous fiscal quarter, 2.47 million Switch units, and 23.91 million games were sold. (Lifetime game sales are at 187.52 million.) Nintendo’s current expectation is to sell 16 million Nintendo Switch units in the current fiscal year that will end on the last day of March.

They also published their first-party Switch games’ top ten list. It is as follows:


  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 16.69 million
  2. Super Mario Odyssey – 14.44 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 13.81 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 12.77 million
  5. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 10.63 million
  6. Splatoon 2 – 8.70 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 6.40 million
  8. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 3.31 million (released January 10)
  9. 1-2 Switch – 2.97 million
  10. Mario Tennis Aces – 2.64 million


A few more first-party game sales have been revealed here:


Kirby: Star Allies – 2.56 million

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 2.25 million

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – 1.18 million

Octopath Traveler – 1.17 million (licensed to be sold as a Nintendo product in the west)

Yoshi’s Crafted World – 1.11 million (released March 29!)

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit – 1.09 million


So the Nintendo Switch is showing decent performance, and who knows how its story could continue. Perhaps we’ll get a new/cheaper/stronger model, perhaps not. We’ll see by the E3…

Source: Gematsu,

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