Nintendo's recent milestone once again awakened the rumour that the Japanese company is preparing a new Switch model for 2020, but unfortunately, that's not going to happen according to Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa.
The milestone we're referring to is Nintendo Switch surpassing Xbox One shipments on the wings of a very successful holiday season. In the big picture, it only took them 34 months to achieve this, whereas Xbox One had 74 months.
In a recent financial briefing, Furukawa stressed that Nintendo's focus is solely on pushing the current versions of Switch and Switch Lite.
"Regarding Nintendo Switch, we believe that it is important to continue to communicate the appeal of both Nintendo Switch systems and expand the installed base [...] Please note that we have no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020", he said.
Nintendo's Switch Lite has been a success by most metrics you can think of, but Furukawa is certain that this is still far from the device's true potential. "We feel that we have not yet fully communicated the special features and appeal of Nintendo Switch Lite, so we will continue to address this going forward", he added.
Industry analysts have long been talking about Nintendo's rumoured new models, although only one of them ended up launching, i.e. Switch Lite. We're also somehow confident that Nintendo pondered the idea of what was quickly branded by fans as Switch Pro but as it turns out - the regular Switch and its Lite sibling are doing just fine on their own.
We wouldn't necessarily dismiss the possibility of Nintendo rolling out Switch Pro somewhere down the line, especially since juiced-up versions of existing consoles worked great for Microsoft and Sony, but it clearly won't be 2020.