In the past roughly three months, we have discussed several times that Nintendo might be planning not one but two new Nintendo Switch models. There are more signs of it to being not „fake news.”
On the ResetEra forums, there’s a post about how the two new Switch models are already in production. The people that are involved in the supply chain say that Nintendo has begun manufacturing the unannounced models but in Southeast Asia! It’s important because it was recently moved out from China to a not-so-exact region.
Previously, we also wrote about how the tariff war between the United States of America and China might impact the consoles as well (which could raise their prices by up to 25%, if Donald Trump, the president of the US, accepts these new tariffs). Nintendo has shifted the production location (while they still try to officially enter the Chinese market, which we also discussed before) to be the most cost-efficient with importing the consoles to the US market, which is one of the most important ones for the video game industry.
Previously – about towards the end of March -, Wall Street Journal reported (and via them, so did we) that Nintendo is planning a stronger, more expensive model for the Switch, as well as a cheaper, budget variant. WSJ doesn’t tend to report such things out of thin air, so something must be planned by the big N.
Of course, all this is unconfirmed for now, but Nintendo already prepared for the worst-case scenario in the trade wars between the US and China. It’s the best thing to do to avoid significantly increasing the Nintendo Switch‘ price so customers could afford their product when they wish to buy it.