Well color me surprised. I thought they would hold back on Switch Lite for a while, since it would push demand past Nintendo's ability to provide product. But I also imagined Switch Lite being dockable, and it not being dockable lowers the demand for it by a lot. At any rate Nintendo is sure to annihilate XB1 lifetime sales by the end of the year. They were already set to beat XB1 lifetime sales by 500,000 the end of the year, but now? Now they'll probably stomp it by 3-4 million by year's end!
Interesting that it appears to be handheld only, lacking the ability to dock altogether. Will be an interesting product to track. It's success in Japan is all but guaranteed but it will be a curious thing to track in the west. This could be very enticing due to price point. But then there's a limit to what people will let go of before they feel like they are getting a cheap product. The 2DS for example was only a modest success, falling well short of the 3DSXL in sales. And the New 3DS models as well. In Japan I don't know that that will happen, but I could see it more in the west. We'll see. I do hope for a more powerful revision later, it only makes sense seeing as how Nintendo themselves are running into limitations of the X1, but I suspect that's a couple years out.
2DS launched as an unfoldable product though. I think if Nintendo had scrapped the 3DS prior to launch, and just launched the 2DSXL model in it's place we'd be looking at 90 million units sold for the 2DSXL instead of 75 million units sold for combined 3DS, 3DSXL, New 3DSXL, 2DS, and 2DSXL.
But then there's a limit to what people will let go of before they feel like they are getting a cheap product. The 2DS for example was only a modest success, falling well short of the 3DSXL in sales.
To be fair the 2DS design looked like crap. The Switch lite actually looks nice.
Yep. 2DS was an ugly kid's toy.
I was one of the people that didn't think Nintendo would release a Switch that didn't switch. And then they went and removed even more features than I thought. I'll take the egg on my face on this one. This is... interesting.
That being said, this firmly plants the Switch in the "handheld" category, and it becomes very easy what the direction of Nintendo will take with the Switch going forward. Expect to see much more emphasis on games with a handheld focus feature set.. The whole "hybrid console" was nothing more than a marketing ploy for the get-go.
Nah, Switch is still a hybrid. Switch Lite is just a lower priced kid's model. They'll release a New Switch sometime in the future. It will have a dock, far better battery life, and possibly improved clockspeeds.
|The Fury said:
I've own something like that before. Think it was called the Game Gear.
I mean this is kinda expected. If they are ditching the dedicated Home Console and separate handheld setup like they are with Switch (obvious as Pokemon is on Switch, not a dedicated handheld as it usually is). Having a single Switch unit which is only handheld makes sense. Good luck to it, we need the inudstry to grow and move away from microtransaction filled 'AAA' games and at least the console makers are going in the right direction.
You're thinking of the Sega Nomad, right?