Nintendo Switch

Don’t Expect A Nintendo Switch Hardware Upgrade Anytime Soon

Nintendo has no plans to update the base Switch hardware in the foreseeable future, though the company does aim to increase the hybrid console’s number of peripherals in its second year on the market.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo’s priority is on improving manufacturing and shipping of its current Switch model, in an effort to keep up with demand.  Additionally, sources say that “Switch features in the coming year could also include additional network-related features and peripherals to be attached to its USB Type-C port.”

While Nintendo has a history of releasing multiple hardware revisions — especially with its portable systems — there may not be much incentive for them to release an update so soon into the Switch’s lifecycle. After one year on the market (the Switch turns a year old on March 3), the console has become the fastest-selling in US history, has outsold its predecessor, the Wii U, in less than a year, and is expected to sell 20 million more units in the next fiscal year. In other words, the Switch is selling so well that there really isn’t a need for Nintendo to confuse consumers with a remodeled version.

The next major peripheral release for the Switch will be Nintendo Labo, a set of cardboard accessories, which is due out in April.

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)