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Nintendo may be preparing to release a new Nintendo Switch model in early 2021, a report has claimed.

The Edge Markets has picked up on an article from the Taipei-based Economic Daily News, which claims that “unidentified people in the supply chain” have revealed that the company may launch a “new version” of the portable home console early next year.

It was back in March 2019 that The Wall Street Journal first reported that Nintendo was working on new models that would target hardcore and casual markets. The Nintendo Switch Lite was revealed months later, alongside a revised standard model with improved battery life.

Since then, rumours have continued to swirl around a new Nintendo Switch model releasing in mid-2020, and again when a “next-gen” portable home console had been delayed due to technical issues.

While Nintendo Switch production has “largely recovered” from the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world, Nintendo has indicated that they had “no plans” for a new model in 2020. That decision was presumably to leave Microsoft and Sony to compete for the spotlight with their upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

[Thanks, Wccftech]

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.