Ever since the days of the NX, the Wall Street Journal, and more specifically writer Takashi Mochizuki, has been a consistent source of Nintendo Switch rumors, being one of the first to claim it would be a hybrid device and use cartridges.
This latest rumor is another massive drop and could hint at an exciting 2019 for Nintendo fans. Following on from a report last year, the new article claims that Nintendo is planning to release two new Switch models this year. One would be a more powerful version of the hardware, though not on the level of the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, while the other would strip some features like HD rumble and be portable focused, apparently in an attempt to bring over 3DS users. Nikkei also reported on a smaller Switch model earlier this year.
“You would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita" https://t.co/X0StRE0n4u
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) March 25, 2019
Mochizuki also reveals that the devices look “different from the original and you’d be surprised.” Whether this means existing Joy-Con wouldn’t be compatible remains to be seen.
As always this is a rumor, but given the Wall Street Journal’s sources have been correct in the past, it might be worth preparing for some big bombshells this E3, as according to the article these new systems could launch as early as this summer.