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Last October, The Wall Street Journal reported the Nintendo Switch would be receiving a makeover towards the end of 2019.

The report said the new system would be “brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient” and was likely to include an improved LCD display. It wasn’t exactly a surprise, as Nintendo has been known to revise existing hardware in the past in order to maintain sales momentum.

Fast forward to 2019 and Japanese publication Nikkei is now reporting Nintendo is planning to release a smaller and more affordable version of its successful Switch hardware. Although Nintendo refused to comment, Nikkei stated the system could arrive as early as this year, according to system suppliers. A separate source said the aim is to focus on portable play while omitting certain functions to reduce the overall cost of the unit.

In the final section of the report there is reportedly information regarding a new online service launching in 2019 that will be more expensive than the existing one. Nintendo Life’s very own Steve Bowling said the translation of the Nikkei article actually indicates Nintendo Switch Online will be “strengthened” with new services targeting the system's core audience.

This latest rumour follows on from a comment made by Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa in January, when he said the company was not considering a Switch successor or price cut at this point in time, making it sound as if a potential hardware revision could be postponed.

What do you make of this? Would you like a revised Switch? What about improved services? Tell us below.

[via siliconera.com, japanesenintendo.com, blog.esuteru.com]