The Nintendo DS & 3DS had several models, so it's likely Nintendo will continue that tradition with the Nintendo Switch.
What would be the point of a Switch Mini? If Nintendo replaces the 3DS, it will be with the Switch. They will join all their teams to focus on the Siwtch, and make games that would be on a portable console, too. Why would Nintendo release a 3DS successor, only to have two portable consoles on the market? Yes, the Switch is being marketed as a home console first, but it has a portable aspect, and there is no need for another. The Switch will have both home and protable games. Big games like Zelda, but also games that would fit better on a PS Vita. Nintendo would be fool to release a 3DS successor, and a mini switch is a stupid idea.
You say that as though the Switch and the Mini would be two completely different systems.
It's stupid because the screen is only 720p you don't have a high enough resolution for that screen size and then you try to port games to it. It only works if a game developed exclusively. But porting games down to inferior resolution is gonna make games look choppy.
@mikeslemonade I have no idea what you're on about or how it relates to this topic.
I'm saying the Switch mini would be too small. I already can't play Zelda on the go. You need to see detail in order to play some games.
@mikeslemonade Why can't you play Zelda on the go? I can do it just fine, and the screen looks pretty damn good, even at 720p. You can't really see the pixels unless you stick the Switch to your nose, and nobody plays it like that. You're deluded by the absolutely unnecessary high resolutions of smartphone screens. 1080p is already a bit overkill for a 5" smartphone, never mind 4K phones... lol. Yup, I'm 99% sure you don't even have a Switch, judging by the, frankly put, amount of bullshit in your post. Oh, and BTW: the theoretical Switch Mini would have the same resolution, dude, just like all versions of 3DS / 2DS have the same resolution. Use some common sense.
So yet another device.... This is just gonna make things slighty more complicated
^ I like how somebody assumes I don't have something because I said something negative about it. The switch does look "good" on the handheld mode. It looks better at 720p handheld than 900p docked mode. However zelda requires exploring and looking at things. At that small screen you can't see small details. The small details are hidden while the smallness does hide flaws like aliasing. Also you said same resolution, it won't help. The issue is the size also.
"Why would Nintendo release a 3DS successor, only to have two portable consoles on the market?" smh. Did you even read the article? "The Nintendo 3DS also saw the release of the smaller and cheaper Nintendo 2DS, which removed the unpopular 3D function and made those games available to play on a much cheaper machine" ie this isn't a new portable ie a different market, it is simply a different version of the Switch....
With no removable joycons?
The Switch Mini would be the exact same thing as the Switch in the sense that it plays the same games. However, being a whole single thing and not modular, and not having a dock, would make it cheaper. It just makes sense. Nintendo could even release an optional minidock for it so that you can also plug it to the TV, with the caveat that you'd then be required to buy an extra pair of Joycon or a Pro Controller...
THANK YOU! THIS 100%
That's my thinking of it. It could work and if they made it for something like £150ish and the switch for £250ish could be onto something but I think we are at least 18 months before Nintendo look to kill the 3ds.
Cheaper, kids friendly, this would sell tons. Nintendo must be thinking in something like this
+1. I already have the switch but I don't mind sell the regular one and buy the mini.
That is a gray PSVita.
@ IvanSf More like a smaller grey Gamepad.
You can't switch that Switch so no
2DS doesn't have 3DS. Yet exist. This is more likely to happen then not. I'd even argue they'd make a Switch that sold the dock separately.
It is funny how nintendo fanboys thinks that nintendo goes the logical route. It is as you say, nintendo made the 2ds which defeated the purpose of 3d, yet there it was. But watch nintendo fanboys make nonsical logic out if it, when nintendo decides to make a switch mini. I remember when the DS XL got made, nintendo fanboys claimed it was literally for old people who could not see well. Worst case however was the new 3ds, the logic they made about it coming without a charger was laughable.
@Pro- LMFAO! 100% AGREED! I forgot about that charger thing! I see a Switch Slim, mini ,XL etc coming as it makes sense for the company and its not out of the ordinary for them to do that. Regardless of what they have to leave behind, change, remove, alter etc. As to why anyone would think not being able to um "switch" would change that is beyond me. I mean, bruh...the 2DS can't 3D so there goes that theory.
I'd be super shocked if the Switch didn't get some new form eventually. It's what Nintendo does after all.
The Switch won't get a massive redesign. Not even Nintendo looks at the Switch as a 3DS successor and their home consoles rarely get redesigns. What's the point of getting a Switch that can't even "switch" ?
Except this is a portable bud. Regardless of what they are saying....it is a portable. They always revise their systems even if they are not redesigns, I don't even think Nintendo, Sony or MS have NEVER NOT done a revise to their systems. At the end of the day, this is a PORTABLE, they must revise it as much as they can to make it lighter, cheaper etc. It cost tons of money to make it portable ,so why would they keep the design the same when they know they can not only save more money, but get more users with a smaller option? I mean.....are you so slow that you don't realize that REGARDLESS of what Nintendo is calling this, it can still have a redesign to be smaller, lighter, thinner and even more portable then it already is? So please, but that BS to rest please. This is a portable device. I'm not even sure why folks are still trying to argue that jargon like kids. LCD screen, battery, form factor, I can bring it with me anywhere, I mean....that is a portable so I don't know where you thought "home console" based on Nintendo saying so. Can Taco Bell sell you a pizza too that is basically a taco JUST cause they call it a pizza? Soooooo you've lost all free will and common sense in regards to what a home console and what a portable is? smh. For gods sake, the Switch literally looks like a sequel to the PS Vita LMFAO!
3DS is the only one in recent years. The Wii got the Wii Mini which was stripped of many features and the Wii U never got anything. I can put money on it that Nintendo will not make another version of the Switch. They might upgrade the dock but nothing major. There won't be a slim/mini whatever. Nintendo is making the console so I don't give a shit what you think it is lmao. They clearly stated its a successor to the Wii U and not the 3DS regardless of being a hybrid system. I never said Nintendo wouldn't change the system because of the name so maybe you're the slow one?
@TX- The 3DS was revised based on being a portable. The want to make bigger, smaller, versions without 3D etc. Switch is also a portable. This is a fact. The same reason to revise the 3DS, is the same reasons to revise and redesign the Switch in terms of having another SKU. "they clearly stated its a successor to the Wii U and not the 3DS" Thats nice. What does that have to do with a revision in terms of having another smaller or larger SKU? "I can put money on it that Nintendo will not make another version of the Switch" So the won't make a smaller or larger one for users that might want a smaller or larger version? Of a portable? Something they did for DS and 3DS and their other gameboys? Ummmm sure. Sorry but you just don't have much real reasoning for why this wouldn't happen, I mean....you are saying they won't offer more options of different, cheaper skus that appeal to more markets....based on "They clearly stated its a successor to the Wii U and not the 3DS" I have no clue why they would leave their portable 1 size and never change it based on that. Wii U is a stand alone console. The Switch is a portable. Soooooo reasons to redesign are based on simply being a portable, not based on being the successor to Wii U or 3DS or anything like that. 3DS got a redesign based on solely getting more market share from other users, not JUST BECAUSE it came after DS. That might be the dumbest thing I've read in a while. What benefit does Nintendo even have to not make different versions? Wouldn't that also apply to 3DS being a portable? Can't take that this is a portable huh? lolz =)
Also a Switch + with 1080p screen , extra power/Ram maybe with 4k streaming and what not.
I want the opposite. Ditch the portability, screen, joycons, docking station. Give me a dedicated home version plus pro controller and SMOfor $199, and Ill bite.
I hope they don't do some comically large XL redesign that looks like a Fisher Price toy. Although it would actually be funny to see if people would buy into that again.
Doubtful. I could maybe see a more powerful Switch eventually. But a Switch mini? It would need a new dock, new joy-cons, etc. It sort of goes against the modular nature of the Switch if you'd have to rebuy everything. At least with a more powerful Switch it could be the same size, and all existing accessories, joy-cons, docks, etc., would be compatible. I know Nintendo has gone this route with their previous handhelds, but for the Switch it just wouldn't make sense.
"It would need a new dock" no it wouldn't The dock itself is simply a cord bud...... The size of the device is actually irrelevant. If it is small enough to go in, its fine. I've even seen people open up the dock and simply use a cord , which confirms the plastic around it is literally irrelevant to the function. "t sort of goes against the modular nature of the Switch if you'd have to rebuy everything. At least with a more powerful Switch it could be the same size, and all existing accessories, joy-cons, docks, etc." Nope. You wouldn't need a new dock. If people over the web can make a 10 second work around to get to the cord, so can Nintendo. Mind you ,the dock itself is legit just plastic, the cord to do what the Switch needs in regards to outing to the TV is going to cost them simply a few bucks. They don't need the joy cons either. Define "need" lol Did 2DS need 3D? Yet.....it exist right? "I know Nintendo has gone this route with their previous handhelds, but for the Switch it just wouldn't make sense." No, it would Your narrative is just making it seem as if it MUST BE Switch with 100% features to work. That is false shown by many Youtubers and Reddit users that the dock is not needed the way you think it is, a cord can be used, they can make another dock, they can have the new dock optional, mind you a new dock that doesn't have those stupid sides could actually like work with BOTH Switch versions. https://i.imgur.com/7mjY2ML... so what are you talking about? That can only work on 1 Switch? You sure? http://imgur.com/DXISGpl You still sure? https://i.redd.it/y9yktdu1h... https://www.youtube.com/wat... So nothing came be done about this huh? =) So why are you arguing about plastic? So no smaller, more pocket friendly Switch because of plastic that USERS have shown is not needed to be the length of the portable? Help me and others understand what you mean by "wouldn't make sense" as 2DS exist bud.... "It would need a new dock" So how do you even know that the new dock wouldn't be universal and work with BOTH version? The fans have made a BETTER versions of their bad dock design bud, doesn't factor length or scratch screens etc For all you know ,the Switch mini would launch with no dock at all and dock optional. A cord can be given for a work around for existing Switch users and the new dock can be an option for both users. The original Switch sku can have the new dock in the future or they can basically go dock option on both skus. Switch normal new Dock included $299 Switch Mini new Dock included $250 & Switch normal Dock optional $250 Switch Mini Dock optional $199
Dude, really? You say that I'm wrong about a new dock, and then say they would just need less plastic. Less plastic means a new design, and a new design means a new dock. Like that is exactly what I'm saying, and you're saying I'm wrong somehow. I'm not saying Nintendo would have to use new tech or cables or anything, just that they would need to sell a new version of the dock to work with a Switch Mini. And the 2DS not having 3D doesn't really matter, does it? The 2DS was aimed at small children who weren't recommended to use 3D on the 3DS anyway. There was no reason for the 2DS to have any 3D. Nothing about the Switch would require that kind of change, even if a Switch Mini were aimed at kids. That's a bit different from the Switch and joy-cons. Not having new detachable joy-cons would make it strictly a handheld, which would negate the whole hybrid push with the Switch. All the marketing, the whole idea behind the system is that it's a hybrid. Why would Nintendo undo all of that, after spending millions to push that idea? There's no logic in that.
Porkchop is an idiot... All the dock is is another gimmick from nintendo. Its not even needed. Just another reason for nintendo to jack the price up when it should have been 249 at most. I hope it tanks after the 1st 6 months and it sees a sizeable pricecut like the 3ds did
Taking away the dock and having the controllers undetachable completely erases the whole point of the Switch. Also the Switch is tiny as is, no need to be smaller.
As some have brought out already, 2DS completely erases the whole point of the 3DS too it some sense.
Wrong, 2DS made it child-friendly because the 3D setting isn't good for young kids eyes and it was a more durable version vs the clam shell which was easily broken by young kids. Plus by that time 3D was dying and being barely used, most 3DS games now don't even include 3D so they can put more into the game's performance.
No matter what the excuse is, the point is Nintendo went from 3DS to 2DS.
2DS. Mind you, Dock and be sold separate and altered. How can fans do something that Nintendo can't? https://www.youtube.com/wat... dear god are we really playing THIS DUMB? LMFAO! YES, not Switch Mini because "Taking away the dock and having the controllers undetachable completely erases the whole point of the Switch" So the Switch can't work without the dock? So the Switch can't work with the joy cons on and never removed? Help me understand the point of this system as it sounds like you are saying AN OPTION is the POINT of the system. That is like saying SIXAIXS is the point of PS3, MOVE is the point of PS3, never mind that they are options, never mind that the system can be used 100% without said features, but lets just say "erases the whole point" For who? Wasn't the point also about OPTIONS? If someone wants to play this as a handheld, they basically can throw it in the garbage and NEVER take off the Joycons, JUST like I can throw away Kinect from XONE and NEVER use Sixaixs....I won't die, it will still work and I can still game. You are exaggerating this beyond belief bud. Very simple. Switch normal new Dock included $299 Switch Mini new Dock included $250 (one piece, no switchable crap) & Switch normal Dock optional $250 Switch Mini Dock optional $199 (one piece, no switchable crap) If you can like with 3DS, 3DS XL, 3DS XXL, 3DSXXX, 2DS, 2DS XXL BLACK EDITION, pretty sure you can live with another version of Switch. I don't get how you are saying its "erases the whole point" yet you are ignoring that the sku is an option.....the whole point of Switch in the first place. Don't want to play that why? Don't buy that version. Why should I be forced to buy a series of features I may not use? I'm not using the dock, I'm not using the joycons as motion crap, I'm playing it like 3DS. Why should I pay for a series of optional features I don't want? Switch mini would be for me.
How about a switch pro?
The only way this makes sense is if they bump the screen res to 1080 and have it compatible for a VR peripheral, something like Gear VR
I wonder what the battery life would be like...1 hour?
I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
The original Switch just came out a month ago; please stop.
Exactly. A price drop or redesign is waaay overdue! 😁
I can't see them releasing a switch mini without the joy cons cos you need to remove them to play games such as 1-2 switch and even if they did they would be so small to hold in most people's hands. I think it'll more likely be a 3ds successor. That's more important cos the switch is missing some features the 3ds had such as 3d and a camera. Or even a upgraded switch.
It's only just arrived and people want a mini verison, this is the very reason why gaming has turned cancerous, particularly this generation.
Cool, something that would actually fit in my pocket. Please, for the love of all though, make the joysticks symmetrical.
or they can make the next version bezeless and it would be small enough...
Who the hell want a mini? I would love it if the Switch had a bigger screen, not smaller.
That right joystick placement is way too low.
Unfortunately it won't happen. The goal of Switch is to sell lot of accessories over a long period of time at a substantial markup. The JoyCon controllers alone could be $140-210 over the course of ownership as they wear out and are replaced.
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