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Report: Nintendo planning to unveil new and improved Switch for next year

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Oct 4, 2018

Nintendo is about to pull a switcheroo. The gaming giant is reportedly working on a new version of the Switch, its hit videogame console, in order to stay ahead of the competition and shore up sales that are no longer delivering the kinds of surprise blockbuster numbers that marked its first year in stores.

Per the Wall Street Journal, it's not yet known exactly what hardware and software features the updated Switch will include, though sources say Nintendo executives are toying with the idea of upgrading its liquid-crystal display, which is currently lower in quality that those used in smartphone LCDs currently on the market. The tweak would translate into a brighter, thinner display that's also more energy efficient.

Still no word whether the Switch will finally add streaming service apps like Netflix and YouTube as some rumors have had it (though the console does offer a Hulu app), a functionality that was notably missing when it first launched as a hybrid allowing gamers to leave their living room and go mobile.

The company's push for a better system for its flagship device comes as Nintendo's stock has failed to keep pace with the broader gains in the market. This despite Switch selling a solid 19.7 million units from when it first hit stores through June of this year, roughly on par with sales of Sony's PlayStation 4.  

Nintendo expects to ship some 20 million machines through March 2019, especially with new game titles on the way including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dropping on Dec. 7.

If all goes well, the new Switch will go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019.

A Nintendo rep was unavailable for comment.

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