What you need to know
- The Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular video game consoles in recent years.
- Rumors have been circulating about a hardware upgrade to the system.
- Fans have taken it upon themselves to generate mock-up renders of what they hope it will look like.
Fans of the incredibly popular Nintendo Switch have been waiting with bated breath for any news of the rumored "Nintendo Switch Pro" since the original model released. Nintendo has been known for releasing more ergonomic, efficient, feature-rich versions of their hardware, particularly in the handheld console department. Many a rumor has surfaced about announcement dates, possible 4K capabilities, release dates, and how sleek the form-factor will be since around 2018. Recent rumors have been claiming that Nintendo plans to announce the system for this year's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, which would really close the E3 season with a bang.
Playing make-believe is no less fun, however, which is why the people over at The Toy Zone created a series of mock-ups based on various Nintendo consoles, games and video game characters.
The NES Switch
While this these mock-up Joy-Con may not look comfortable to hold, there is no doubt that this rendition stays truthful to the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System, the world-famous video game home console that, arguably, saved the video game industry from ruin.
The SNES Switch
The NES' cooler brother, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, built upon what made the NES great. This console is unique in that it got two different looks in the North American and European/Japanese markets, the latter of which is clearly favored by those over at The Toy Zone.
The Nintendo 64 Switch ("Switchy Four")
Though the nickname elicited a chuckle from me, this Switch took the original three-prong design of the Nintendo 64 controller and turned it into a sleek system. I can already hear the Mario Kart 64 music playing in my head!
The Game Boy Switch
Now THIS is a Pokémon machine. The iconic grey brick has been turned into a sleek HD system. If only Nintendo would make Gameboy Virtual Console games available through Nintendo Switch Online so that we could play Pokémon Red and Blue...
The GameCube Switch
Is it blue? Purple? Blurple? No, it's the iconic Nintendo GameCube indigo color that we all know and love! If console-specific Joy-Con ever become a thing, I wonder if the trigger buttons will be analog? I can already see Melee fans using these controllers to settle things amongst friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!
The Mario Kart Switch
Here we go-oooo! You'd be able to zoom across the tracks and avoid those pesky Blue Shells as best as you can if this interesting Nintendo Switch concept ever came to life. The raised screen would ensure that you stay focused on the action at all times. Plus the joysticks look like wheels, too!
The Star Fox Switch
Get ready to do a barrel roll to stores near you if Nintendo hears our cries and releases a Star Fox themed Nintendo Switch system. This gorgoeous powder blue and the angled controllers will make you feel like you're really playing games in the future.
The Foldable Switch
Last but not least is the Foldable Switch, taking inspiration from Nintendo's famous Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The screen folds up to reveal a larger vertical screen, which owuld be great for Nintendo Ds Virtual Console games. Though I'm not sure whether a special type of plastic would need to be used to make the screen work without breaking over time, simply seing thismock-up makes me super nostalgic for the days I played Mario Kart DS and Animal Crossing: Wild World with my friends.
What do you think of these fan-made mock-ups? Do any of them resemble your dream Nintendo Switch pro? Let us know in the comments!
Switchin' it up
The most versatile way to play.
Whether you're curled up on the couch or bringing it to a rooftop party, the Nintendo Switch is the definitive hybrid console. With a wide selection of games and tons of ways to play, the Nintendo Switch will always be known as the little console that could.
Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.
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