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

The hybrid portable may get more portable in the future.

News by Mike Williams, .

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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  • Avatar for TomMog #1 TomMog A year ago
    I'd be all for a Switch Mini, but it wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo decided to release an XL version because, well, they're Nintendo.
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  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe #2 ArdeaAbe A year ago
    I would absolutely love a Switch Mini. Something really portable and durable would be a boon.

    It would be even better if it still had a dock and TV mode. Even if the Joy cons didn't detach and I needed a Pro controller, I'd still be down for that.
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  • Avatar for Thad #3 Thad A year ago
    "Wait for the hardware refresh" has been my mantra all along. If the mini gets better battery life, I'm all for it.

    Course,@ArdeaAbe makes a good point: what about the joycons? Will they still be removable? And, if not, will the left side still have the awful discrete directional buttons, or would they switch to a pad?
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #4 Ohoni A year ago
    That's the complete wrong direction. What they need to be making is a non-portable version, one that is permanently docked to a TV and therefore costs about half as much.
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  • Avatar for NightingaleXP #5 NightingaleXP A year ago
    @Ohoni Oh, a Wii U, you mean? They already tried that, didn't work out so well.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #6 Roto13 A year ago
    "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," said some guy who clearly hasn't seen a young child play a video game in the past 5 years. They're all playing crappy mobile games on tablets that barely fit in their laps.
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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #7 Tetragrammaton A year ago
    @NightingaleXP Whoosh, I felt the chill from that one right here. I still think that was a software failure though, if it'd launched with one of the Wii U's eventual big names it probably would have outdone the 'cube at least.

    Though, come to think of it, Nintendo probably needed to make the Wii U and see it fail in order to make the Switch what it is.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #8 SIGGYZtar A year ago
    @ArdeaAbe They're gonna need to release one to get rid of the 3DS if they're unwilling to release a successor.
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  • Avatar for Thetick #9 Thetick A year ago
    So first he makes up a machine and then tells how much it will sell? That is quite a power that analyst has. Obviously they will have a refresh of some kind, but I don't think smaller is the way to go. They are very big on this hybrid thing and rarely change their consoles. I think the wii mini was the only one.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #10 link6616 A year ago
    @ArdeaAbe I think that would be my ideal switch ultimately.

    Although it would really hit the "bring it anywhere and play 2 players with the already with you joy cons"

    Which perhaps that will die out quickly as a notion, but so far I've found it the main way I play switch multiplayer.
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #11 Ohoni A year ago

    No, the Wii-U's problem was that it was a massively underpowered console that was priced as if it wasn't a massively underpowered console, mainly because it had a touchscreen to deal with. But take the switch, remove the screen, the battery, the docking mechanism, etc. and price it accordingly, somewhere around $150 or so, and it could be competitive hardware in the marketplace.
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  • Avatar for GLukyn #12 GLukyn A year ago
    I would probably get a Switch Mini so long as my account and library could be shared between the two systems.
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  • Avatar for duvjones #13 duvjones A year ago
    A mini Switch?

    I am not so sure that is so wise, but this does seem oddly familiar. Does anyone remember the 2DS? Does any remember what franchise released another game in the series at the same time as the 2DS?


    Pokemon is your answer, and to be blunt... I always looked at the 2DS as the pokemon machine. The 3D on the 3DS always limited that side of the market since you couldn't toss a 3DS to someone under 7, which was a large part of Pokemon's Demographic. So 2DS more or less filled a hole that Nintendo themselves created with the 3DS.
    And it worked for the most part.

    If you hear more talk about a Mini Switch, I would turn your attention to Game Freak, The Pokemon Company et all. Beacause if Nintendo has made anything clear over the years it is this, they will do what they feel is necessary for Pokemon to survive and they are more than ruthless about it. Wise or not, if Pokemon needs to be in smaller hands and/or on a machine with more battery life... IT WILL BE! Come hell or high water.Edited April 2017 by duvjones
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