Rumors of new Switch hardware have been around for months now, with reports suggesting that the company will release a cheaper console "Lite" and an updated variant with slightly improved internals.
While we have had several sales outlets confirming these reports until Nintendo confirms it, this continues in the rumors – and Nintendo of America's Doug Bowser was not in the mood to give this chat any form of credibility on the E3 . 19659003] Quizzed by TIME about "whispering" about new Switch hardware, Bowser said:
Mr. Furukawa [Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa] mentioned in his financial briefing that the E3 would be about the games, and that we would not talk about hardware, and that has indeed been the case. There has been everything about the games, and now we are no longer talking about new platforms or extensions of the Nintendo Switch. We only enter the Nintendo Switch 3rd year with strong momentum, and this is the focus here.
Bowser's questionnaire is accompanied by a report by the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo switches production of Switch outside China "to limit the impact of possible US tariffs on Chinese-made electronics" according to "people working with Nintendo's supply chain".
That Nintendo moves production does not mean that a new Switch SKU will come, of course, but the WSJ claims its sources have confirmed that three various Switch models are produced in Southeast Asia:
Wall Street Journal reported in March that Nintendo planned to update the switch this year with two new models. One is set to look like the current model with split components, while the other is expected to be a less expensive model with a new look.
People who are involved in the supply chain said that production in Southeast Asia has started for the Switch, including the current type and the two new models, suggests Nintendo is ready to introduce them soon. They did not provide specific volume figures but Nintendo wanted enough units to sell in the US, the largest market for videogame consoles, when the new products are placed on the market.
As Bowser said, the E3 plan was always to focus on the games and Nintendo, in recent years, has used other communication channels to announce new hardware. Perhaps we will see a disclosure of the new Switch systems later this year.