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Will Nintendo release a Nintendo Switch Mini in 2019?

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This week brought good news for Nintendo, as the company announced strong sales figures for its new Nintendo Switch console.

Nintendo of America revealed March sales figures showing the Switch had become the fastest-selling console in the company's history.

And now, analysts have predicted Nintendo will be trying to capitalise on the popularity of its latest console with another Switch device in the future.

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As Bloomberg reports, financial analysts for Citigroup, Inc. predict the company will launch a smaller version of its Nintendo Switch console in 2019.

The "Switch Mini" would be designed to appeal to children specifically, with the analysts pointing out the existing console's size and weight not being entirely suitable for youngsters.

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The analysts wrote in a April report this week: “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.”

Citigroup has also set a sales target of 6.7 million units for the as-yet unconfirmed (and likely non-existent) console through the fiscal year March 2019.

It's also predicted Nintendo will have sold 25.7 million Switch units by the time this smaller console launches – a fairly ambitious goal.

This week, Nintendo of America revelaed the Switch sold more than 906,000 units in March, comfortably outdoing the Wii U's launch period sales of 890,000 units in North America.

Meanwhile, launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, became the fastest-selling Nintendo launch title of all time, and the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.

Let us know what you think of the prediction in the comments.

Loonyhed

April 16, 2017, 12:38 am

Moving past the question of why Citi felt the need to so publicly announce such a bold yet baseless prediction in the first place, they don't seem to have done their homework; Nintendo has already confirmed that the Switch isn't going to phase out the DS line. They practically promised such, in fact, since 3DS owners were uncomfortable with the possibility. This prediction seems either remarkably foolish or slightly fishy. Maybe Citi is just trying to gain attention.

AHYL88

April 16, 2017, 3:07 pm

I know right? This "prediction" is more of a request than anything, as well as attention seeking; like you said, it's baseless as there is no report or research done to back up their claims. Considering how many kids use iPads and tablets which are nearly as heavy or even heavier, while being comparatively more unwieldy, doesn't make their claims believable in the slightest. Heck even the kid-friendly 2DS weighs 260 grams which is relatively weighty for such a handheld and is awkward to carry as it's a big flat slab that can't be folded like the 3DS models. The Switch weighs 398 grams (with both Joy-Cons attached) which is pretty impressive when the New 3DS XL weighs 329 grams.

Shrinking the Switch down comes with a lot of other problems; smaller screen means a cramped split-screen multiplayer experience, assuming the Joy-Cons would still be detachable. If they were still detachable, it'd be even more uncomfortable to use one half; if they won't, which means it shouldn't even be called the Switch anymore as you can't play it when docked. It also removes two of its core USPs and several features Smaller chassis would result in a smaller capacity battery too, thus a shorter battery life. And there's so much tech that's been squeezed into the tablet and Joy-Cons already, that some would have to be dropped, which further cuts away more strengths and features.

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