Analyst: Nintendo to Release Switch Mini in Fiscal Year 2019

Analyst: Nintendo to Release Switch Mini in Fiscal Year 2019 - News

by William D'Angelo, posted on 16 April 2017 / 7,555 Views

Analysts at Citigroup are predicting Nintendo will release a smaller version of the Nintendo Switch in the fiscal year ending March 2019, called Switch Mini. 

The smaller size of the Switch Mini would make the console more portable and fit in children's hands better. 

 

"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 analysts wrote in a new report. "Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini."

Citigroup says the Switch Mini could sell 6.7 million units in the 12 months through March 2019, while the regular Switch will sell 25.7 million units by then. 

Thanks Bloomberg.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments

Kristof81 (on 16 April 2017)

Not going to happen. You simply cannot make those joycons any smaller and if they'd be integrated, that would defeat whole purpose of Switch concept. They could release bezelless unit itself in the future to shrink the console by 1cm or so, but I wouldn't expect any drastic revisions.


eddy7eddy (on 16 April 2017)

Same thought.


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TheWPCTraveler (on 17 April 2017)

Well, they *did* drop the 3D for the 2DS...


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Salnax (on 17 April 2017)

I don't doubt that we'll see a remodel eventually, but I'm not sure about a Mini version. Historically, Nintendo has been more likely to make larger versions of their handhelds, or otherwise have a slightly buffed mid-gen update like the DSi or New 3DS.


shikamaru317 (on 16 April 2017)

I hope so. I really want a Switch that will fit in my pocket properly. Joycons account for a significant amount of the price, so if they dropped the dock and the joycons and used integrated controls built into the tablet itself, I think they could sell Switch mini for $200 Holiday 2018. They could maybe offer a separate wireless HDMI dongle for tv play with the Switch mini.


Ganoncrotch (on 16 April 2017)

When you consider that the Switch at its current size is offering ports of games which are running on par with their X1 and PS4 rivals it is insane to think the machine could be smaller when you look at the monster size of the X1 being unable to put out Lego City Undercover at 1080p while the switch handles it handily enough. For the size as it stands I think the switch is a marvel of tech.


Miguel_Zorro (on 16 April 2017)

Well.. the X1 came out in 2013. They should be able to put out something of equivalent power, but smaller, 6 years later.


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Nem (on 16 April 2017)

I'm sorry, but that's just not true. The switch doesn't run anything in the same league as the X1 and ps4. It can run japanese games that don't use the full power of those systems, but it's not gonna run any modern game is an acceptable performance.


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Eagle367 (on 17 April 2017)

@Nem but it is true. On the switch Lego City Undercover runs at a full 1080p on the big screen whole on xbone it is somewhere between 1080 and 900p so the guy above is just stating a fact


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Nem (on 17 April 2017)

Its a port of a Wii U game. The wIi U could run it. Show me the switch running mass effect andromeda, shadow of war, all latest. It can't. That is the fact. Even dragon quest heroes suffer from severe FPS dips on the switch. The switch is a Nintendo box for Nintendo games. Don't foll yourself into thinking it can do modern 3rd party.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 April 2017)

Neither Telltale games or Warner Brothers are "Japanese" in regards to "Japanese games" which the Switch is running, but if it makes you feel better to call Lego City that, then go for it! Not trying to "Foll" anyone.

@Miguel The Vita launched 5 years and 1 month after the PS3 and was no where near close to being a portable PS3 in regards how close the Switch is to running X1/PS4 ports. I think Nintendo have done a good job with what they've accomplished in 2017, never mind what they might offer in 2019.


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Nem (on 17 April 2017)

I can only conclude you aren't being serious. Call the grammar police for typos because you clearly need the help.
You know exactly what i mean by modern 3rd parties. Sure, it can run telltale games and the sort. But you know these aren't industry pushing games. As i said, show me a mass effect andromeda, a shadow of war, etc. You know actual triple A third party games from the current gen.
The switch can't do that. So, don't go trying to fool people that it can. It can do the more modest games, and that is alright for what it is.
But portable mass effect andromeda? No way.
Heck, apprantly not even Overwatch, and that is hardly a super demanding game.


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Eagle367 (on 18 April 2017)

@Nem seriously dude the people at overwatch are considering bringing it over but haven't really done anything with it. Where have you for your info about overwatch not being good. And where did you get DQ heroes getting frame drops? And the reason there is no MODERN TRIPLE A GAME for the switch right now is because it just came out and we don't know much in the way of what's coming or not. We know steep is coming but we don't know whether call of duty, or assassin's creed will come to it. I don't believe star wars battlefront 2 will come to it but it might who knows. Kingdom hearts 3 might come but I don't think you are talking about that. Andromeda was too far into development for them to consider it but come e3 we might learn a whole lot more of what's coming or not. The reason there aren't any of these game is either because the developers are not even trying like ffxv or they haven't revealed themselves


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Ganoncrotch (on 19 April 2017)

I would more question the desire to see a machine running a 70% rated game than enjoy what is effectively the game of the generation which it can handle just fine at 900p/30 while the game mentioned here as a benchmark of quality runs with graphical issues in all ports of it which do exist.

I mean... if that is the bar to get over? The bullet in the head to what was once a AAA franchise but now a buggy disappointing mess, sure, we can only hope to see those on the Switch in the coming months.

Perhaps the words which upset here was the use of "on par" and realistically there have been effects stripped from the ports of Lego City Undercover and Snake Pass which are mentioned in the DF videos, I guess I should have been clearer in meaning "with any parity" between the machines, between the tiny handheld and a VHS sized behemoth like the X1, the level of parity between the titles seen so far, I am very impressed with, but on a 1:1 level I will happily concede that the Switch is leagues behind in the raw horsepower category, yet still I personally am incredibly impressed with its capability's and what devs have done with those just in the first month alone.


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Nem (on 19 April 2017)

This is why i don't like talking to Nintendo fans. It always goes into a fantasy land completely detached from reality.
Eagle, my overwatch info is up to date. They say they think about every system, but they also say there are technical limitations that make it pretty much impossible.
Ganoncrotch, what is the point of criticizing ME:A, it's irrelevant to the topic. It's technical performance is. I used it as a recent example of a big third party triple A game. Faces have been fixed and will get improved. Besides the point.
Assassin's creed? If it's anything like Unity and Syndicate, it's gonna be a slideshow on the switch.

This insistance in not seeing reality is very disappointing. If you think the latest industry leading triple A games are coming out on the switch, you got a reality check coming. Enjoy the switch for what it is. Don't start daydreaming what it isn't.


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Eagle367 (on 21 April 2017)

@Nem show me the link on overwatch. Why should I waste my time searching google for it or believe what you say. As I said before, we will see what happens but with the proper optimization the switch can run Assassin's creed's next game. I might not at the same level but it wont be a slideshow .
The truth of the matter is that you don't know and I don't either. Neither of us are game designers or engineers. and Nintendo gamers do live in a fantasy. That's why we game unlike you who wants to make reality in a fantasy.


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Nem (on 22 April 2017)

Here we go again... diverting the topic. Did it occur to you that maybe i play Nintendo games aswell? I simply don't try to see their systems as something they are not.
I'm not even gonna bring up any examples anymore cause you will only use them to divert from reality. I know the Switch can't run those games because the power of the swtch is below the Xbox One. Where the Xbox one struggles to even reach 1080p at 30fps, you think the switch will make it? When the best developers are using X1 and PS4 as the lowest benchmarks and making games better on the pro and the scorpio, you think they will make slideshow, low resolution or much inferior versions to run on the switch. Who would even WANT that?! Just stop it man.


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WagnerPaiva (on 16 April 2017)

Isn´t too soon? Well, I guess not, the thing is sould out everywhere with only one game to play


greencactaur (on 16 April 2017)

IDK if they're going to make a mini, but maybe a more powerful version of the switch?


Qwark (on 16 April 2017)

I think making a mini is a very smart choice. I know plenty of people who bought a 3DS just to play Pokemon. I can imagine making a cheaper handheld Switch wouldn't be a bad idea to introduce the Switch to those players and replace the 3DS.


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monocle_layton (on 16 April 2017)

In other news, water is wet


PAOerfulone (on 16 April 2017)

Those Joy Cons are already too small as is. I guess they could just make the screen smaller and keep the Joy Cons the same size.


Green098 (on 16 April 2017)

I don't think a Switch 'Mini' would come with detachable controllers (Joy Cons). I don't see Joy Cons smaller than they already are be very functional.


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piggychan (on 17 April 2017)

I don't want a smaller screen infact I would much prefer a larger one. like the 3DS LL


fluky-nintendy (on 17 April 2017)

Count on Nintendo to make double dips look original and like it's not wrong at all.


gigaSheik (on 17 April 2017)

And it will be more expensive.


Azzanation (on 17 April 2017)

Hoping instead of a mini. They opt for a more powerful docking station. Id buy one.


gtaguidelng (on 17 April 2017)

Nintendo the king of Iterations..


Nem (on 16 April 2017)

Indeed, it's what they need to do. Just the release date sounds very late, Are they gonna support the 3DS in 2018 aswell?