The rumors about a potential “Nintendo Switch Pro” have been circulating for years now. It would make sense to release a mid-life upgrade in the vein of PlayStation 4 Pro, as Nintendo would be able to improve its already existing hardware. It has done this in the past with the New Nintendo 3DS, which improved performance for a variety of games and made the 3D functionality easier on the eyes. However, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has stated not to expect any new Nintendo Switch model “anytime soon” in a Q&A session accompanying the company’s new financial report. There’s a noteworthy caveat to discuss in that though.
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
As you can see above, Furukawa’s response to this question was that the company is “not planning to make an announcement anytime soon” for a new Switch model due to the new Mario console and the Monster Hunter Rise console. This could potentially mean that Nintendo intends to announce it later in the year, while Q1 2021 focuses on these limited-edition models.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more later in the year. This year is looking like it will be one of Nintendo’s greatest, with a plethora of video game anniversaries taking place. The beginning of the year is also looking strong for software, with games such as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Bravely Default II, and Monster Hunter Rise launching in the near future.