If you answered the title question with “A PSP” congratulations, you win! A new report from BGR says that Citigroup analysts believe Nintendo will release a Switch Mini at some point in the future, perhaps in 2019. Here’s the analysts perspective:
“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.”
Alright, so this is pretty plausible if we follow the evolution of Nintendo handheld consoles. 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. Even the Nintendo DS had several models, including the XL.
It seems several people on the NeoGAF forums have been working on what a Switch Mini could look like and have come up with a few ideas. They’re mostly PSP inspired and seem to take away the “Switch” aspect of the machine, since you can’t remove the Joy-Cons from the smaller system. “Why would Nintendo remove the main feature of their console?” I hear you asking. Indeed. Plenty of people asked that same question with the Nintendo 2DS, but that thing sold very well.
What do you think? Will Nintendo create a smaller version of the Switch that doesn’t feature removable controllers?