At that point though, they may as well just release a new console altogether and make Switch their new handheld device to go alongside it. A TV only Switch would almost have to be 4K compatible to hold any real relevance without portability, and given the power of the current Switch, you may as well just release a new dedicated console at that point.
Your logic works well on paper, but fails hard in practice in this case.
Why the hell would it have to be 4K to have any relevance? My switch games look great on my 4K tv... not sure why that is necessary. Believe it or not, there are many people that would prefer to play their games on their tv’s instead of a tiny 4 inch screen.
The reason why Nintendo shouldn’t release a new dedicated console separate from the switch is it would divide their software efforts. Nintendo is much better off releasing their games so that they are compatible with all their devices.
Because anything less than 4K for a non portable gaming device in today's day and age would get torn apart from the media. Of course this will not matter to true fans, but true fans make up the minority of overall sales for any gaming device.
Think about it, what has everyone's defense been for the power level of the Switch...portability (which is worth it TBH). Take that away and there would no longer be any excuse for it. Haters would have a field day and the media would put a negative spin on it for the general public, especially with the PS5 and Scarlett right around the corner.
So that leaves one question, would it be worth the investment just to satisfy true fans. In all fairness probably not. The WiiU was arguably purchased mainly by true fans, and we see how that turned out. Also factor in the fact that a good number of true Nintendo fans are satisfied with the base Switch and would see a jump to just full 1080p with no portability as not worth the money to upgrade (I have no reason for a Lite for example, so I will not be getting one unless it is a Zelda collector edition). With that in mind, the boost in sales would be negligible on that front. I mean, you said it yourself. Your Switch games look fine on your 4K TV, so what kind of advantage would a 1080p box truly have?
Much like how Switch haters like to look at their own desires to discredit the device as a whole, I feel like you are only looking at what you would be ok with and assuming everyone else should be on board. There are so many factors that go into a decision like this however, that it will never be that simple from a business perspective.
Also let me be clear, my money is on a Switch 2 in 2022 rather than another dedicated TV box for next gen for the reasons you mentioned regarding developing for one platform. I am just simply stating and explaining why a next gen dedicated console with a huge leap would make more sense than a dedicated Switch TV box that would barely generate a fraction of the hype that the Lite or Hybrid models have.
Last edited by Shiken - on 10 July 2019