Could Nintendo already be planning an updated version of the Nintendo Switch? That’s what top financial analysts, who may have access to inside information, are saying.
Analysts from major multinational investment bank Citigroup think the Switch is doing well, but may have some trouble cracking the kid market, as the system too large and expensive for young hands. Well, Nintendo may be planning to do something about that…
“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.”
According to the Citibank analysts, this new version of the Nintendo Switch would arrive before the end of the company’s next fiscal year. Financial years typically run from the beginning of April to the end of March, so the updated Switch would arrive by March 2019, if not earlier. I’d say that timeline seems about right.
Traditionally, when Nintendo releases a new home console, it’s pretty much set in stone. Nintendo may create new add-ons or peripherals for the system, but the core hardware rarely changes. That said, the Nintendo Switch is really more of a portable device in many respects, and Nintendo does regularly update its handhelds. The Nintendo DS got the DS Lite and DSi, the Nintendo 3DS got the 2DS and New 3DS, and so on. Speaking of the 3DS, Nintendo will probably finally retire their elderly portable within the next couple years, so transforming the Switch into more of a usable portable would just make sense.
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