Just recently, Nintendo of Japan pulled a move that surprised quite a few folks: releasing a new Switch SKU. What made this so surprising is that this new SKU ditches the Dock, on top of also losing the HDMI cable, AC adapter and Joy-Con Grip. Due to the loss of these accessories, the new SKU is retailing on the Japanese My Nintendo Store for 26,978 yen ($244 USD). This offer is being targetted at folks who already have a Switch in their household and are looking to pick up another, which fits into Nintendo’s plan to have multiple Switch units per home, which was mentioned by President Kimishima a few months ago. So, if that’s Nintendo’s goal then one might think we’d see this SKU pop up in other regions too. But, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen right now.
A report from USGamer has revealed that Nintendo has no plans to bring this new bundle to the Americas. There’s been no mention of it coming to European markets, but that likely won’t happen either.
The reason being is that for the past several years, consumer trends in Japan have strongly leaned more towards portable systems over traditional home consoles. Since the Switch is a hybrid, it has the ability to appeal to that preference. So, since Nintendo is hoping to turn families into multi-Switch owners, it makes sense why they’d release an SKU that appeals to the tastes of Japanese consumers. This isn’t to say that there aren’t people in other countries that also prefer handheld gaming, it just simply happens to be that the majority have this mindset in Japan.
If you’re still holding out for this SKU to be released in your local market, then perhaps you might have to wait for an individual retailer to potentially try it on their own. You can also try looking at second-hand options from an online retailer like eBay.