We have heard rumblings that Nintendo is engaged on new Swap hardware all yr, however yesterday’s report from The Wall Avenue Journal was probably the most convincing but; it claims that Nintendo is engaged on not one however two new SKUs for the console.
One is aimed on the ‘Professional’ sector of the market, and can apparently embrace extra options to attract in early adopters who already personal a Swap system. It is the identical form of improve path Nintendo has used previously, with the likes of the Recreation Boy Gentle, GBA SP, 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS.
Our buddies over at Eurogamer have corroborated this report by speaking to different sources and may verify that sure, we’re getting two new Swap consoles this yr. Nevertheless, Eurogamer’s supply is eager to emphasize that whereas the cheaper of the 2 variants is certainly going to be a price range iteration, it is extra consistent with the 2DS than 3DS.
The 2DS, as we all know, got here at a time when the 3DS was nonetheless performing properly within the gross sales charts, and eliminated the autostereoscopic 3D function (arguably the console’s promoting level at the moment) to current a extra ‘kiddie pleasant’ console, full with a sturdy design which additionally jettisoned the fragile clamshell casing.
Eurogamer’s sources declare that an nearly similar strategy is being taken with the cheaper Swap variant, they usually trace that it may even lose the flexibility to dock and join with TVs. This may appear to be an odd transfer, however then so was stripping 3D from the 3DS – and Nintendo did that.
‘A number of folks accustomed to Nintendo’s present plans’ spoke to Eurogamer and stated that this SKU is aimed squarely at youngsters who wish to play on a conveyable video games console, so it could possibly be that the necessity to connect with a tv is seen as value sacrificing to realize that cheaper price level. Rumble can also be being eliminated, though Eurogamer says it is not completely positive if this pertains to ‘HD Rumble’ or power suggestions altogether.
In the meantime, the identical sources say that the ‘Professional’ mannequin will not be a large leap in efficiency, as some individuals are little doubt anticipating. It would, apparently, be nearer to the bounce between the usual 3DS and New 3DS.