Nintendo Switch 2.0? New Hardware Unlikely in 2018

The Nintendo Switch celebrates its one-year anniversary on March 3, and a new report reveals the company's plan to keep the hardware fresh: to introduce peripherals rather than update the existing hardware.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, people familiar with the situation revealed that Nintendo aims to boost the pace of sales for the Switch in 2018 by bringing in complementary peripherals like the Nintendo Labo.

The Nintendo Labo releases April 20 and is being promoted as a new tool for parents to teach kids how to build and create. The current Nintendo Labo kits allow parents and kids to build pianos, RC cars, fishing rods, robots and a whole lot more.

WSJ 's sources also said expanded Switch offerings in 2018 could include network-related features and peripherals utilizing the console's USB Type-C port. At this stage it's not clear what the latter could mean, but new headphones or 3D headsets are possible options that Nintendo could pursue.

In regards to a possible Nintendo Switch 2.0 model, any changes to the current console, like a smaller version, are not in the immediate plans for the company as it continues to pursue better manufacturing and shipping processes.

Nintendo Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima has said he wants to sell more than 20 million Switch units in the new fiscal year that begins April 1. The company sold 10 million units worldwide at the start of December 2017. Nintendo Switch became the fastest-selling console in U.S. history (outpacing the previous record-holder, the original Wii) when it sold more than 4 million units in its first 10 months.

At an investor briefing in February, Kimishima said that he wanted to make the product cycle of the Nintendo Switch longer than the five-to-six-year span that has become customary in the industry. Waiting longer to introduce new variations of hardware would serve the company better if this is their goal.

What do you think of a longer shelf life for the Nintendo Switch than other consoles? What changes would you make to the hardware in future iterations? Let us know in the comments section below.