Will we be getting a Nintendo Switch Mini?

Now this is news.

According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo plans to release a smaller and cheaper model of the Switch mid-2019. But that’s not all. The newspaper also reported that the gaming giant is exploring the creation of a service targeted at huge microtransaction spenders.

But how do they know all of this in the first place?

Apparently, Nintendo had recently informed some suppliers and game developers about the plans, presumably so they could get the backstage preparation done in advance. Following that, it’s highly likely that one or more of those sources tipped Nikkei off as well. Understandably, Nintendo itself has declined to comment on the validity of the statement for now.

As far as we know, the Switch Mini is at the moment just a working title for the console. With regard to features, some sources say it will be “easier to carry out” and will “broaden the install base”, although it will lack some features present in its larger cousin.

Since Nintendo hasn’t issued an official confirmation, it might be better to take the news with a pinch of salt. However, Nikkei does have an amusing knack for getting their predictions right, considering they were spot on for the Nintendo DSi and 3DS XL. But in the meantime, we’ll just sit here with the popcorn.

Kenneth Ang

Kenneth Ang

Kenneth is your dedicated jack of all trades gamer and borderline anime nut. When not writing, he likes to wind down with Overwatch, Apex Legends and a bit of Fate: Grand Order on the side.