The Switch world was rattled earlier this week by yet another rumor surrounding alleged incoming redesigns of the hybrid system. The Wall Street Journal was the first to kick things off with a report suggesting a handheld-only ‘Switch Lite’ and specced-up ‘Switch Pro’ models will be revealed sometime this year. Eurogamer then chimed in not too long after with its own sources that not only corroborated WSJ’s report, but also added a few details into the mix suggesting that Nintendo is following a similar route to what it did with the 2DS and New 3DS XL. That is, the Switch Lite would be stripped of features to bring the price down while also having a more ‘kid-proof’ design, and the Switch Pro would be a modest upgrade over the current system.
These rumors recently caused Nintendo’s stocks to jump by 6.7%, as first noticed by The Financial Times. It seems that Nintendo’s investors are excited about the concept of two Switch models being released. This isn’t too surprising, seeing that if such a thing does occur, it would naturally cause another surge in overall Switch sales and would also generate a new wave of interest in the system.
As Nintendo told Eurogamer, the company has not made any announcements at this time and “does not comment on rumors and speculation”. So, if and when Nintendo does speak about its future plans for the Switch, we’ll know for sure what’s going on. Until then, this all remains classified as a rumor.