Nintendo May Offer Switch Mini in Next Fiscal Year, Says Analysts

Nintendo May Offer Switch Mini in Next Fiscal Year, Says Analysts

The hybrid portable may get more portable in the future.

Nintendo is already off to a great start with the Nintendo Switch, with 906,000 units sold in the United States and 565,013 units sold in Japan for the month of March. That said, portable Nintendo tends to sell better than home console Nintendo, and the Switch is a bit too big to truly be portable for some folks. Analysts at Citigroup, Inc believe Nintendo will rectify that problem in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2019. (The fiscal year after the current one, which will end on March 2018.)

"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," the analysts said, according to Bloomberg. "Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini."

The analysts went further and estimated the smaller Switch would probably sell 6.7 million units during the fiscal year, with the normal Switch selling 25.7 million units by then. Those are solid numbers, not taking the crown in sales pacing, but definitely doing great for Nintendo after the Wii U.

In keeping with the theme of estimates, SuperData Research believes the Switch has sold 2.4 million worldwide to date. That's ahead of the 2 million Nintendo wanted to sell by the end of March 2017. SuperData also expects the Switch to sell 7.2 million system by the end of this year, up from its previous 5 million unit estimate.

"Nintendo is performing above expectations, which suggests that, at least for now, it is well on its way to restore investor confidence," Superdata CEO Joost Van Dreunen said, according to GamesIndustry. "The current slate of upcoming titles is also looking strong, and we expect Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (late April) and Splatoon 2 (July) to do well over the summer period."

Nintendo will be offering up official worldwide sales for the Switch next week, during its financial earnings release for the fiscal year.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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