Nintendo could already be designing a new version of the Nintendo Switch—at least, according to the predictions from certain analysts.
In a recent Bloomberg report, analysts from Citigroup Inc. speculated that a smaller “Switch Mini” could hit shelves by the spring of 2019. The Switch is already pretty tiny compared to other consoles due to its portable nature, but according to the analysts, it’s still a bit large for younger children to carry comfortably.
“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,” the Bloomberg report reads (via The Escapist). “Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini.”
Of course, that prediction runs into a small problem: Nintendo already has a series of smaller, portable-only, kid-friendly consoles in the Nintendo 3DS line. A Switch Mini would be direct competition, and that means that the release of the Switch Mini would likely spell the end of the 3DS. Or, to look at it another way, the Switch could be the next iteration of Nintendo’s handheld consoles, much as the Nintendo DS line supplanted the Game Boy line.
The same analysts predicted that the original Nintendo Switch will have sold over 25 million units by the time the Switch Mini would launch.
Source: The Escapist