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Nintendo have no plans to announce new hardware at E3 2019

Published: 09:23, 25 April 2019
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According to Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, the company will not reval new hardware on this year's E3 expo. Furukawa said that internally, new hardware is always being developed but at the moment there is nothing to announce.

Earlier this month, a report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that Nintendo are working on two new Switch consoles - one targeted at avid gamers and another for casual players. Shortly after that, Japanese newspaper claimed that the cheaper version is currently scheduled to launch before the powerful variant - sometime in Q3 2019.

Just a few days ago, Bloomberg also reported that one of these consoles will launch in June 2019, which doesn't align with the Nikkei report but it is close to the rumoured release window, and it's possible that Nintendo themselves still don't have the exact launch date. 

This, of course, suggests that Nintendo could use E3 2019 as the place for the big reveal of the new Switch consoles, but according to Nintendo CEO, that's not going to happen.

Speaking at the company’s financial results briefing today, Shuntaro Furukawa said that Nintendo have no plans to reveal or announce new hardware at world's biggest gaming expo. Furukawa also said that while there is no console-related announcements scheduled at the moment, Nintendo is always working on new hardware internally.

Of course, this doesn't mean that Nintendo won't reveal new Switch consoles shortly after E3 2019, or during one of their own, Nintendo Direct broadcast, but the confirmation is a bit odd, as E3 expo was always the place for the biggest announcements.

Nintendo CEO also confirmed that Switch is not coming to China anytime soon and that a release of the popular console on that market is not even included in Nintendo's plans.

For more Nintendo news, check out the on the US gaming market in March 2019, which shows that Switch is the overall best selling and most lucrative console in Q1 2019.

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