Are a Nintendo Switch Mini and new online service releasing this year?

Is a Nintendo Switch Mini and new online service releasing this year?

Rumors have been flying lately in regards to a new Nintendo Switch model. First, we got word on one from industry analyst Michael Pachter. And now Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei is giving their take that doesn’t sound too different.

The report states that Nintendo is aiming to release a smaller and cheaper Switch to be released in mid-2019. As reported by news site Esuteru, officials state the following:

“It is aimed at making it more portable for outdoor with miniaturization, reducing the price by reducing functions, expanding the user base.”

That sounds remarkably similar to the portable only version of the Switch we heard earlier. And if the price comes down to around $200, then we may have a new Switch on our hands that will appeal to those on the fence.

There remains the question on how small this new Nintendo Switch will be if this rumor is true. If I had to make an educated guess, it will be somewhere between the Switch now and the 3DS. I imagine it will be a more durable build as well, especially if there are no detachable Joy-Cons. In fact, a NeoGAF user even posted their own concepts for this almost two years ago. Time will tell on how true this ends up being.

Is a Nintendo Switch Mini and new online service releasing this year?

Not only that, but there was also word on a new online service for Nintendo Switch. This service is reportedly focused on microtransactions. There isn’t too much more information than that, but it would seem Nintendo is leaning more towards where the rest of the industry is going if true.

Would you buy a cheaper and more portable Nintendo Switch? What are your thoughts on an online service devoted to microtransactions? Let us know in the comments below!

David Giltinan
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast - Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.