Nintendo did consider a Switch Pro but ultimately scrapped the plan

Nintendo Switch Pro

Rumors about the Nintendo Switch Pro have been around for a long time. Although there is no concrete evidence to prove its existence, it is now reported by the Digital Foundry Direct Weekly podcast, citing several developers. Nintendo considered the Switch Pro, but it was ultimately cancelled. The medium’s editor John Linneman said: “From my conversations with various developers, there used to be some kind of mid-term Switch update plan. But it doesn’t seem to be happening anymore. So, it’s clear that whatever they (referring to Nintendo) are planning, it’s going to be really next-gen hardware. I don’t think it’s going to be 2023″.

Nintendo Switch Pro

Nintendo Switch Pro not happening

Linneman speculates that the Switch Pro was cancelled in part because Nintendo feared another Gamecube or Wii U situation, both of which sold poorly. VGChartz’s latest estimated console sales report shows that as of December 3, 2022, global sales of Nintendo Switch consoles have exceeded 118.2 million units. This also allowed Switch to successfully surpass Sony PS4’s 117.03 million units, taking fourth place in global console sales. The top three are PlayStation 2 (PS2), Nintendo DS (DS) and Game Boy (GB).

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In August this year, Nintendo announced its financial report for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 fiscal year (April 1, 2022-June 30, 2022). The data show that Nintendo’s sales in the quarter were 307.46 billion yen, a year-on-year decrease of 4.7%. Its profits were 101.647 billion yen, a year-on-year decrease of 15.1%. In terms of sales, as of the end of June 2022, Nintendo Switch has sold a total of 111.08 million units and software sales of 863.59 million copies. A total of 3.43 million Switches and 41.41 million copies of the software have been sold this quarter.

According to previous reports, Nintendo Switch Pro will launch at the end of this year. This is obviously not happening.  When Nintendo showed off the Switch OLED, it meant that the Switch Pro continued to be delayed. The Switch OLED is capable of displaying games at 720p, and even 4K (dock mode) in the most optimistic case. It comes with a 7-inch OLED screen. This device also supports 64GB of built-in storage in handheld mode. Also, it supports up to 720/60 frames, and 1080P / 60 frames in TV mode.

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