Cant see them making it much smaller, 5 or 5.5inch would be my guess, though any smaller than the current system and it would probably need its own dock (sold seperately obviously) rather than be compatable with the existing one
Like I said in the other thread, calling it a "Switch Mini" and then selling it as a standalone handheld SKU with no dock will only cause confusion.
"Wait, why can't I plug this into my TV? Why the fuck is it called a Switch if it can't be switched?"
Wait this doesn't make sense, how are you not forcing people to buy a separate dock when you're proposing a SKU with no dock? Or are you assuming this is for people who already have the Switch? I'm confused at which people you're trying to target.
Kinda kills some of the gaming mechanics of it though. Which will lead to some games saying "Only compatible for Switch". How would you sync up joycons to this Mini if they cant attach to the unit to pair? Also how are you expected to play motion games in general with the thing?
Since its considerably smaller than the main Switch, it wouldn't even fit on the dock and you'd still have to get an addition peripheral just to make tv play a thing.
I don't know if Switch Mini is the best name but I agree that smaller, cheaper, portable only Switch is Nintendo's best option for a 3DS successor. It would fit in perfectly with Iwata's old comment about Nintendo's future handheld and home consoles being brothers in a family of systems, sharing the same architecture.
I also like the idea of an equally cheap TV only Switch based box, for those who sit in the opposite camp and don't care about portability, though that seems like a riskier proposition, given that microconsoles in the past haven't exactly set the world on fire.
To me it makes more sense to sell a standalone console version than a handheld version. They would basically be saving costs on the dock and I guess the joycon. Still has to have the same chip right? Just downclocked.
At some point in the future I could see this happening but not any time soon. Switch needs to establish a base first. Also lots of potential issues like no motion controls, some games not compatible like Snipperclips, smaller screens possibly requiring games to scale UI and text, message confusion, etc.
Nintendo can't even keep the Switch that they have in stock, but somehow are going to produce two separate SKUs and make two separate docks and not cause confusion with people?
I would expect a cheaper Switch to come at some point, but I don't expect a version that takes out everything that makes the Switch what it is and is handheld only. A smaller version doesn't mean that it's kid friendly, especially when you can just use the Switch in tabletop mode and hand them a joycon or hook it up to the TV. Is that not easy enough?
Plus it's amazing that they were able to pack so much in the current size of the Switch. I don't see them shrinking that down drastically while maintaining the same battery life and thermals in 2 years at under $200.
Some people just don't like the Switch concept or the price and badly want to see a version that removes all of it to make it cheap.
This would be the more elegant solution so far; they need to keep the detachable joy-cons so the mini is compatible with all the back catalogue of the console without issues (and mantain the attractive 2-players out of the box).
Another option might be to build a new portable only device that internally is a miniature Switch but externally has it's own visual identity. Call it something completely different but advertise it plays Switch games. Basically, it'd be a portable only, mini budget Switch without the brand confusion. Kinda' like a Sega Nomad without the, you know, brick sticking out of it.