Nintendo is no stranger to having some very interesting ideas when it comes to hardware design. The gaming world was taken aback in 2004 with the launch of the Nintendo DS – a handheld that sported two screens. This iconic design has continued to live on for nearly 14 years thank to the system’s successor, the 3DS. Last year, Nintendo gave us the Switch – the first true hybrid game system, featuring the ability to seamlessly transition from home console to handheld. These two designs are arguably Nintendo’s best ever. So, that raises an interesting question: what if they were to be combined?
Well, someone in Japan actually decided to entertain this idea and went through the trouble of creating surprisingly impressive renders. Not only that, but these renders have apparently even been featured in a magazine. Reddit user ‘karlfredriksson‘ uploaded this very odd image, which shows a Japanese magazine that has renders of a Switch DS. Check it out:
If you take a look at the lower left corner of the magazine, there’s glare from a light bulb, which does suggest that this magazine is indeed real. Unfortunately, I don’t know Japanese so I can’t translate the text. But, something tells me that the creator of this magazine decided to feature these Switch DS renders as either a joke or possibly even as a way to spread misinformation. Unless they themselves were given these images and considered it to be official, but that probably isn’t the case. The Switch is incredibly popular in Japan right now, so uninformed readers just might see this magazine and think that these photos are real. To be honest, the renders actually don’t look half bad, even if they are clearly fake.
But, this more or less raises another question: could this even work? The renders appear to show the design being collapsible, so perhaps the TV dock functionality would be preserved this way. The DS/3DS’ dual screens are rather useful in certain titles, so the design could actually work again for the Switch. No doubt something like this would not be cheap, though. The Switch is already $300 in its current form, so a ‘Switch DS’ might cost $350 at the very least. Nevertheless, there’s a glaring issue with this idea: it looks ridiculous. Taking a DS/3DS out-and-about is fine because the design is so small. The regular Switch is also fine to carry around because it’s lightweight and has a tablet-like body once you slide off the Joy-Cons. This monstrosity is not as small as the DS/3DS, and not nearly as slim as the Switch. On top of that, it just looks plain weird. I already feel self-conscious enough playing my Switch and 3DS out in public; I wouldn’t even bother taking this hideous thing out of the house. But, I have to hand it to whoever had this idea and created these images. They almost look legit.
This can be added to the growing collection of weird Switch-related reports that have suddenly been cropping up out of nowhere. You can also check out the Chinese knockoff OUYA controller that’s compatible with the Switch and the impressive but probably fake video showing off a beta version of a supposed Switch firmware 5.0 update.