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My 3DS sucessor/Switch-boy/Switch-GO concept

Key features for 3DS sucessor: portability, good price, good batery life and 3DS BC. But also, including switch central idea of switching, but in its won mode and total integration of its capabilities, and multyplayer among the home and handheld.

So, this console solve all these problems, and have 3 portable modes that you can switch among them, and they are the main focus of the console:

1-Switch mode: a 5' screen placed horizontally, you plug normal sized joy-con on its sides, like the normal switch in portable mode. And its plays all switch games. Joy-con is longer than screen side, so Roughly 25 mm of joy-con would be passing in the down side, but thats ok, this would make it look like handles of a regular controller. Joy-cons can be putted out.

2-2DS mode: Take off the joy-cons, turn the screen vertically, and plug joy-cons on the trails on the vertical side of screen. It would look like a 2DS. Cartridge slot for 3DS and DS games and play all of them. As a 3DS sucessor(and suposing Nintendo would still make 3DS games), it would be important for the transition.

3- Carry mode. In the 2 modes above, it is still not so good in portability, cant fit a pocket. So, there would be a compartment on the back of the screen with trails where you can attach the joy-cons parallel to screen. In this mode with joy-cons attacked, it would have the dimensions of a gameboy, or a closed 3DS(not the XL) and would fit a pocket. Also, in this mode it could play Nintendo mobile games playable by 1 hand like mario run, FE heros, AC, miitomo and others to come.

Aditional information:

-The package would come only the screen, a pais of joy-con and an AC adapter for charging. So, it can lower costs for selling at handheld price point.

-Aditional acessories for tabletop mode and TV plugging would be available, but optional. And it could almost work as a regular switch, and have all regular switch control options.

-Would not have a heat sink as the regular switch, so, all power would be limited to maximum power of a switch in portable mode. So, even on TV, it runs like on portable mode. The be 720p. But it is not the main porpose of the console.

- Would release in 2018 holidays, with shrinked tech compared to regular switch, so, it would be smaller on chip side, that would help designing the shape of console, also would be more energy efficient and have better batery life than regular switch.

-3DS BC, if so, why not just included first on original switch?2 reasons: 1-Nintendo is marketing the original switch as a home console, 3DS BC would puss it towards handheld, and would be against all marketing. 2- Form factor, there is no 3DS mode on switch, it was not designed for it, the 3 pilars are docked, tabletop and portable with horizontal screen.

-(Editted due below comments) Price: Well, Im aiming 150$ price on proposed device. 180$ max. Notice that i mentioned it would release 2018 holidays. By its time, normal switch would be 250$(or even bundled with a game). Also, nintendo is selling dock for 90$ and grip for 15$,only by diching them and the HDMI cable would reduce almost 80$. By the end of 2018, they could reduce even more of switch price and size if it is in a new shinked technology. So, it can certainly fit on handheld price point.

That way, nintendo would have a 3DS sucessor primaly e foremost focused on handheld, with handheld price point, good batery life, fit in pocket, and BC with some home console features. And would also have the regular switch, a home console with handheld features. Each one has its own advantages and selling points that the other doesnt have, but mostly runs the same games and both with its own switch capabilities. I think it is the perfect solution for the new switch era. Switch-boy/Switch-GO/Switchiny and Switch. =)



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Won't buy unless it has 4D HD Holographic capabilities.



I like your style, OP. Some good ideas in there. I haven't decided whether it's better to unify their platforms entirely and just keep the Switch or to unveil a 3DS successor like they've hinted. Seems redundant to have both. Good thoughts, though!

"Switch-GO" could be a winner. I don't know why "Switch-boy" sounds vaguely inappropriate to me. Might as well run with that idea and add "Switch-bitch."



It'll be awhile before I figure out how to do one of these. :P 

the intire point of a handheld version of the switch is to do it cheaper (to capture the handheld market).

That means useing less parts.
Which means No "joy-con" attached.
The controls need to be fused on the handheld, like it is with all the other handhelds.

Its cheaper that way.
Which is key for the viability of this device.

I mean a handheld only switch, wont sell if its priced the same as the normal nintendo switch.
Basically your concept sounds bad.

 

A handheld version of a switch just wouldnt be able to play most of the games the same was as the switch.. ei. the local co-op mulitplayer with the joycons.

But honest how big is the demand for that on a handheld? probably not big so its not a issue.

The price of the device is much more so.

299$ if your only intrested in useing the switch as a portable, is way high, compaired to what handhelds normally go for.



I think they will try to unify the console and handheld divisions, but perhaps once Switch starts picking up we will see a Switch Slim or some smaller version of it that plays the Switches library (maybe even also the 3DS) but is actually small enough to fit into a pocket.



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JRPGfan said:

the intire point of a handheld version of the switch is to do it cheaper (to capture the handheld market).

That means useing less parts.
Which means No "joy-con" attached.
The controls need to be fused on the handheld, like it is with all the other handhelds.

Its cheaper that way.
Which is key for the viability of this device.

I mean a handheld only switch, wont sell if its priced the same as the normal nintendo switch.
Basically your concept sounds bad.

 

A handheld version of a switch just wouldnt be able to play most of the games the same was as the switch.. ei. the local co-op mulitplayer with the joycons.

But honest how big is the demand for that on a handheld? probably not big so its not a issue.

The price of the device is much more so.

299$ if your only intrested in useing the switch as a portable, is way high, compaired to what handhelds normally go for.

Is it? The 3DS was $250 at launch and was barely more powerful than the PSP (which came out in 2004) and only had a resolution of 240p. Not to mention it launched with no good games until 9 months after launch. 



"The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must" - Thoukydides

Alkibiádēs said:
JRPGfan said:

299$ if your only intrested in useing the switch as a portable, is way high, compaired to what handhelds normally go for.

Is it? The 3DS was $250 at launch and was barely more powerful than the PSP (which came out in 2004) and only had a resolution of 240p. Not to mention it launched with no good games until 9 months after launch. 

The 3DS launched at ¥25,000 in JP (222$ USD), in the US 249$ at launch.

What happend? it didnt sell.

So nintendo dropped the price from 249$ -> 169$ within 5months of its launch.

You still think a 299$ price point isnt a issue for those that only want it as a handheld?



JRPGfan said:
Alkibiádēs said:

Is it? The 3DS was $250 at launch and was barely more powerful than the PSP (which came out in 2004) and only had a resolution of 240p. Not to mention it launched with no good games until 9 months after launch. 

The 3DS launched at ¥25,000 in JP (222$ USD), in the US 249$ at launch.

What happend? it didnt sell.

So nintendo dropped the price from 249$ -> 169$ within 5months of its launch.

You still think a 299$ price point isnt a issue for those that only want it as a handheld?

It didn't sell because it was a terrible piece of hardware, expensive (for what it was) and had no games. The Switch offers far more than the 3DS. And the Switch is less expensive in Japan as well compared to the US and Europe (around $260). So the Switch in Japan is only $40 more expensive than the 3DS at launch. 



"The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must" - Thoukydides

JRPGfan said:

the intire point of a handheld version of the switch is to do it cheaper (to capture the handheld market).

That means useing less parts.
Which means No "joy-con" attached.
The controls need to be fused on the handheld, like it is with all the other handhelds.

Its cheaper that way.
Which is key for the viability of this device.

I mean a handheld only switch, wont sell if its priced the same as the normal nintendo switch.
Basically your concept sounds bad.

 

A handheld version of a switch just wouldnt be able to play most of the games the same was as the switch.. ei. the local co-op mulitplayer with the joycons.

But honest how big is the demand for that on a handheld? probably not big so its not a issue.

The price of the device is much more so.

299$ if your only intrested in useing the switch as a portable, is way high, compaired to what handhelds normally go for.

Well, Im aiming 150$ price on proposed device. 180$ max. Notice that i mentioned it would release 2018 holidays.
By its time, switch would be 250$(or even bundled with a game)
Also, nintendo is selling dock for 90$ and grip for 15$,only by diching them and the HDMI cable would reduce almost 80$.
By the end of 2018, they could reduce even more of switch price, even more if is a new shinked technology.

So, it can certainly fit on handheld price point.