The Nintendo Switch marks its first anniversary this month, and talks about the console receiving a 2.0 version have already started. The console's creators, however, seem to have different plans in mind, at least for this year.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Nintendo has no plans of releasing a new version of this Switch anytime this year. Sources who have knowledge on the matter said that the current Switch model will remain to be the same throughout the remainder of the year.
Fans, however, can still expect to see some changes but only in other aspects. A report from GamesIndustry.biz noted that the gaming giant will focus its attention on improving the console's online features. Moreover, the company will reportedly release new peripherals for the Switch, aimed at further boosting its sales.
The WSJ report said that the upcoming peripherals will make use of the Switch's USB-C port. Interestingly, a report from Gamespot noted that historically, Nintendo does not release major hardware updates for any of its flagship consoles, at least in the first two years since they are released. Handheld consoles, however, are a different story altogether, as devices like the Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Game Boy Advance all received hardware updates in their second year.
With the unique hybrid nature of the Nintendo Switch, which doubles as a home console and a portable device, it will be interesting to see how things will pan out over the next two years.
Last month, game producer and co-Representative Director for Nintendo Shigeru Miyamoto shared in a Q&A session with investors the company's plans for the Switch. "The marketing strategy going forward is to instill a desire to purchase Nintendo Switch among a wide consumer base in all regions of Japan, the US, and Europe," said Miyamoto.
He also said that the company's "ultimate ambition is for a Nintendo Switch to be owned not just by every family, but by every single person."