The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is working on two new versions of its Switch console: a souped up entry for avid gamers and a slimmed down edition that could serve as a successor to the 3DS. WSJ reports that Nintendo could announce these new consoles at the big E3 conference in June and release them soon after.
The enhanced version won’t be as powerful as Microsoft’s Xbox One X but it will be an upgrade over the original Switch, per WSJ. The slimmed down version is aimed at casual gamers and will likely be cheaper than the $300 Switch.
Developers and suppliers told WSJ that Nintendo wants the new consoles to stand out, beyond just a few design tweaks and enhanced or diminished performance. Pricing details are not yet available.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update this story if we hear back.
The Switch has been a revelation for Nintendo, supercharging its balance sheet since it debuted approximately two years ago. Nintendo has sold 32.27 million Switch units and 163.61 million games, as of Dec. 31.
Nintendo sold 9.41 million Switch consoles during the holiday period, its best quarter yet. But the company brought its full-year Switch sales forecast down from 20 million units to 17 million for its fiscal year, which ends this month.