There could be a lot of new Nintendo Switch gamers joining the community in 2019 if Nintendo decides to launch more versions of their hit console.
There have already been a lot of reports connecting Nintendo to a new range of Switch consoles.
Nothing connected with hardware was revealed during E3 2019; however, the company did surprise fans with the Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 announcement.
For the past 12 months, there have been rumours that both a cheaper and more expensive model of the Switch is in development, offering new ways to join the Nintendo community.
And new reports suggest that one of these new consoles could be a little smaller in size.
A game company is reported to have leaked the Nintendo Switch Mini early as part of a retail listing.
However, this latest report needs to be taken with a big pinch of salt as it appears these products have already been removed.
But even if this latest rumour proves to be a retail mix up, there’s still plenty of other evidence to suggest Nintendo is planning to expand their Switch console range.
Another recent report claims that one of the new Nintendo Switch consoles will be an upgraded version of the current model, although it won’t provide much more in the way of power.
The holiday season would be the best time for a new console release, bundled with the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games.
But without an official confirmation from Nintendo on the subject, it’s hard to tell when the new consoles will be hitting shelves.
And even if this doesn’t happen in 2019, the Switch is still on course to be the best-selling console for the year.
Recent sales data shared by the NPD Group has confirmed that the Switch outperformed the PS4 and Xbox One in May.
It’s great news for Nintendo as it means that their leading product remains very popular in North America, a key market for the company.
Here’s more from NPD’s Mat Piscatella, who shared on Twitter: “Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both May as well as year-to-date across both unit and dollar sales.
“Year-to-date hardware spending has declined 17 per cent versus a year ago, to $1.1 billion. As with the month of May, Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.
“Hardware spending in May 2019 fell 20 per cent when compared to a year ago, to $149 million. Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.”
Another way Nintendo can push their Switch sales further in the future is with exclusive new content.
And one of the major new projects announced by the company during E3 was that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in development.
The original BOTW is credited as pushing sales for when the Switch released in 2017 and the company will be hoping the sequel can do something similar.
Fans are already cooking up their own theories on how the setting may be darker and Link’s adversary may be from an older game.
But could Nintendo also be planning a shock co-op reveal too? Hints during the trailer suggest that Link will be accompanied by Zelda on his next adventure.
And the media have been quick to ask the question over whether we can expect something new to feature in Zelda Breath of the Wild 2.
IGN’s Samuel Claiborn broached the subject with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, asking if gamers would get to play as Zelda in a co-op setting.
Aonuma responded through a translator, telling IGN: “It’s kind of interesting that you bring that up, because in Breath of the Wild, you see Zelda and Link together often too, so to go straight into the thought of co-op is very interesting to me.”
It may not be the confirmation fans have been hoping for but without it being directly ruled out, an interesting new core feature could be coming to the next Legend of Zelda game.