I just realized that Switch Lite will (probably) not have an ethernet port.
I don't want to play Smash online on Wifi. But this means there will inevitably be more wifi opponents online to run into (than there already were).
I wish they'd add a matchmaking filter that lets you not get matched up against wifi opponents.
Well, that's a feature I want for all fighting games actually. Many of them can sort by strength of connection. Would be nice with "connection type" as well.
When it comes to marketing, do you think it would be more difficult for them to communicate that a dock is sold separately, than that it can't dock at all?
If so, why?
For people who know little/nothing about Switch, they may not expect the docking feature, so it won't matter to them.
Though if they are curious why it's called Switch, I can see how this can lead to confusion in some cases if they look up info on the wrong Switch.
For people that know how the original Switch works, this can also lead to confusion upon purchase. Unless they read Nintendo's description of how it can no longer dock. In which case they could have read about how docking is sold separately.
I think it would be more difficult with a separate dock, because that's an accessory that many retailers wouldn't stock to begin with due to expected low demand and therefore being a waste of shelf space.
Both scenarios are not ideal and have their own set of pros and cons, but ultimately handheld-only results in fewer question marks and less need for customers to require education of the product.
For potential shelf space issues, they could just put one box up for display purposes, with a note that says you'll have to ask for it at the register. I've seen that a few times. For stocking, I don't know if it would be particularly problematic. But even if people had to order it online from Amazon, I'm sure people would be happy having the option of a dock.
Regarding customer confusion, I'm not sure which scenario would lead to more or less confusion, but if the dock was an optional separate feature, it's not something they'd need to get. So they're either blissfully unaware of its existence, or they find out and decide whether or not they want to get one.
For the ones who were educated by Nintendo before purchase (like us), it's not an issue either way.
Last edited by Hiku - on 10 July 2019