Earlier this week, it was reported that we would have two new Nintendo Switch models by this summer, and there’s a reason why.
An unnamed source elaborated on the topic for Eurogamer shortly afterward: the models are apparently meant to cater to the split audiences of 3DS and 2DS users, in order to move them from the DS family to the Switch family. Although the DS systems run the same games and function similarly in almost all ways, the way they look and can be used differently in certain ways.
For those who lean towards the 3DS, a more expensive Switch option that has “enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers” will hit the market. And there will be a slightly cheaper and sturdier “kid-proof” model meant for the 2DS’s target audience of younger players.
It was suggested that the less expensive Switch will only have a handheld mode, while the more expensive model will remain unaffected by such changes. Another rumor floating around suggests that rumble features may be cut partially or all together for the cheaper system.
Nintendo itself has not confirmed or denied any of these rumors, and it does not seem likely that they will before E3 2019.