The Nintendo Switch is already a massive hit for the company, selling about 1 million units in the US itself last month. In fact, Switch supply is still limited, as the Japanese company says it hasn’t been able to meet the expected demand for the console. Nintendo is not only struggling to keep up the hype for the initiative on global scale, but is already basking in the glory of actual sales.
Demand for the innovative console, Switch will probably continue to sell very well for quite a while, especially considering the increasing number of games that will be available on the platform soon, though the company could be planning on releasing a miniature version of the Switch as early as next year.
Specifically, analyst says that Nintendo is believed to introduce new hardware as soon as early 2019, which could make a Switch Mini that would target kids and offer better mobile performance. Rather than simply looking to make minor changes to the next hardware, either internally or shaving off a few millimeters here and there with the design, presumably well-placed analyst are suggesting Nintendo could indeed push out an entirely new piece of hardware, complete with a miniature design and internal improvements that would dramatically enhance mobile division.
As it is now, the Switch offers the best of both worlds. A regular console at home and a portable gaming system on the road. But, Switch isn’t anymore powerful as its main rivals, though. For gaming on the go, the console might be too big for children. On top of that, it might not have enough battery life.
With the introduction of a mini variant that would be designed and launched to try and focus the youth who want something really a little smaller after finding the existing Switch difficult to handle, according to Citigroup:
Although the Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld device, we think smaller children could struggle to use it comfortably in that format due to its size and weight. Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini.
As far as consumers will continue to want and purchase the Switch as we currently know it. It’s already proven to be an extremely popular gaming console due to the fact that it can function as a standalone console in the home environment, and can handled on the go. However, an additional publishers continue to pull together and release new titles that demand is only going to surge.
The analyst said in a research note to investors that a Switch Mini might debut in the fiscal year through March 2019 date. According to them, Nintendo could sell some 6.7 million Switch Mini units in the twelve months through the launch day. By then, Nintendo should also sell over 25.7 million regular Switch consoles, which would amount to around the 32 million units shipped mark for both variants. Those figures are of course, estimates based on current situation.
Citigroup hasn’t provided any evidence that such plans are indeed in motion at Nintendo, but it means you should find a better way to deal with the size and battery capacity of the Switch for gaming on the go for the time being. The interesting thing about the prediction is that no sources are being cited, so it appears to be a very big “if” at the moment.
It makes sense that a Switch Mini could be on Nintendo’s roadmap, but we’ll have to wait to see if it materializes. Stay tuned for more!
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