NINTENDO SWITCH games fans could be in for a shock, with news of a new system tease, and the latest on the Pokemon Switch project.
Two big news stories have surfaced this week which may interest fans of the new Pokemon Switch project, and those looking to the next big thing.
As many fans will already know, a new Pokemon RPG is in the works and is coming to the Nintendo Switch soon.
While still without a release date, recent reports indicate that players could still see something arrive in 2018.
And with it being the first mainline Pokemon game on a Nintendo home console, expectations are high.
There are rumoured to be some changes cooked up for the next adventure, which could also introduce a new generation of Pokemon.
Changes to the battle system could be on the way, although none of this has been officially confirmed.
So far, players only know that the new Pokemon adventure might drop in 2018, or be pushed back till 2019.
And another big question being asked is whether we might be playing Pokemon Switch on a new revamped system, sometime in the future.
It was recently hinted at that Nintendo might be in the middle of launching something new, hardware-wise.
Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi hinted that a new system is being worked on, although didn’t provide any solid details on the project.
Speaking to the BBC, the company’s general manager of the EPD divisions commented: “Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development, so you may see the new system sometime in the future.”
This could simply be in reference to Nintendo starting work on the console to replace the Nintendo Switch, which would be fair ways away from release.
However, it could also be hinting at a couple of other things.
There’s the chance that this could be teasing a new Classic Mini console being released in 2018.
We already know that the NES Classic Mini is going back into production and hopes are high that something new could be announced later in the year.
Nintendo are also known for releasing different variants of their highly successful 3DS handheld, and have been backed to do the same with the Switch.
Predictions have already been made on a Nintendo Switch Mini being launched in the future, as a way to appeal to younger gamers.
Analysts including Minami Munakata, Kota Ezawa and Alicia Yap have backed Nintendo to do just this in 2019.
“Although the Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld device, we think smaller children could struggle to use it comfortably in that format due to its size and weight,” the analysts wrote in a report.
“Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini.”
Nintendo have already confirmed that they hope to sell millions more Switch consoles during the next fiscal year.
And there’s the chance that Nintendo would look to launch a more kid-friendly Switch in 2019, or maybe later in the console’s lifecycle.
Nintendo have also been backed to focus on new peripheral sales in 2018, and are not focused on launching a Nintendo Switch Mini just yet.
Nintendo LABO kits will reportedly be more of a focus in year two, which have been tailored to the family market.