Nintendo have seemingly left the door open for a Nintendo Switch Pro announcement later this year, during a private Q&A following the release of their quarterly financial report.
Per Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki, when asked if a new model of Nintendo Switch would be coming this year, Nintendo’s deflection on this occasion was that they would not make an announcement “anytime soon”, since they have the Super Mario 35th Anniversary and Monster Hunter Rise limited edition Nintendo Switch consoles coming in February and March.
Q: new model this year?
A: not planning to make an annoucement anytime soon as we have Mario ver in Feb, MH ver in Mar.
Hint: Nintendo chief last year said not planning to release new model in 2020. Today's was just "not anytime soon." So, that means…?https://t.co/MQkwskXYrn
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) February 1, 2021
Compared to their rebuttals in 2020, which completely ruled out any possibility of a Switch hardware revision through the year, this response leaves the door wide open for a Switch Pro or similar to be launched in the 2021/22 fiscal year.
That makes an element of sense, as Nintendo aren’t looking for any kind of sales boost to round out 2020/21. Off the back of Covid-19 fuelled interest, Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ jaw-dropping sales, and a mature line up of games to appeal to all manner of gamers, the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed their second-best year ever (and there’s three months left to sell even more consoles and games). The console has now sold 79.87 million units.
So this year doesn’t need any help, but a Nintendo Switch Pro in the summer or lead up to next Christmas would spur next year’s financials on, hopefully with Nintendo able to keep up their current head of steam. Nintendo would be wise not to detract from their current console sales by announcing too far in advance of this launch. Looking at history, the New Nintendo 3DS, PS4 Pro and (most relevantly) the Nintendo Switch Lite were all announced roughly two months before their street date.
Either way, the Switch is selling at a rapid pace, and that’s sure to carry on through 2021. The fourth quarter of a financial year is typically a much slower one, but even an average Q4 for the Switch would see it surpass the Game Boy Advance, which has 81.51 million sales. There’s a number of major releases for owners to look forward to as well, including Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Bravely Default II, and Monster Hunter Rise.
Source: Takashi Mochizuki (Twitter)