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The folks on ResetEra claimed that it is tied in to a certain accessory aimed at children and/or those that do not have a lot of experience with gaming consoles.

Here is what my theory is (more like wild musings and whatever this reveal is will most likely not turn out to be anything like what I am going to say here).

They are going to make use of the Switch's modularity to build some sort of robot-like device (potentially a DIY robot or a line of robots for kids) . The Switch console could connect to the robot accessory wirelessly or through the rail system. I predict this because of the passive walking device/passive walking module (module, implies it ties into a core device that is modular, much like the Switch) that Nintendo patented in December 2017. Kimishima has also said that he wants to use the IR camera on Joy-Con R for something this year; now obviously he could be talking about a game experience but he could also be talking about a robot like device with Joy-Con R used to detect depth and surrounding objects (the Joy-Con could serve as an arm). The user would be able to interact with the robot with Joy-Con L held side ways like an NES controller, potentially voice (if it has the AI for voice in its software and a microphone in the Robot's body), real objects through the IR camera, and Amiibos (the NFC reader is also placed in the hand like Joy-Con R).

Now the more obvious (and less exciting, for me anyway) reveal could be a slightly different Joy-Con with fewer buttons and more emphasis on motion or maybe some sort of camera joy-con. But none of these really fits the kids audience, at least in my eye, they are going after (the simplified motion controls for motion games, etc. seems to fit more with the much older Wii audience, like middle age and senior people). Then again, this is the cheapest route and the one Nintendo will most likely take (imagine how much a robot body would cost).



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TheGamer_1995 said:
It probably will be a portable only Switch for 200-250$ (Keep in mind those 6 new SKU by GameStop)
Does anybody know if there’s going to be new games shown or anything?

With the Switch selling so well as it is and the 3DS still being alive and all?No way.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

Yeah... Not interested at all. All I want is games, keep the other crap away please.



Teeqoz said:
TheGamer_1995 said:
It probably will be a portable only Switch for 200-250$ (Keep in mind those 6 new SKU by GameStop)
Does anybody know if there’s going to be new games shown or anything?

Portable only makes little sense. You can't get much cost savings from ditching the little hardware required to connect to the TV. You can only get rid of some plastic and the output ports.If they were to make an SKU ditching the hybrid concept, a home-console only SKU would make a lot more sense. You can ditch costly parts like the screen and the battery, and ofcourse you could still ditch excess plastic.

I actually haven’t heard this suggestion before. Most assume a handheld only because that is where Nintendo is most successful and what makes Switch so appealing, but with the successfulness so far, this wouldn’t be a bad option in the future. I doubt they would want to stray that far from their original concept though. Definitely an interesting take. 



nemo37 said:
The folks on ResetEra claimed that it is tied in to a certain accessory aimed at children and/or those that do not have a lot of experience with gaming consoles.

Here is what my theory is (more like wild musings and whatever this reveal is will most likely not turn out to be anything like what I am going to say here).

They are going to make use of the Switch's modularity to build some sort of robot-like device (potentially a DIY robot or a line of robots for kids) . The Switch console could connect to the robot accessory wirelessly or through the rail system. I predict this because of the passive walking device/passive walking module (module, implies it ties into a core device that is modular, much like the Switch) that Nintendo patented in December 2017. Kimishima has also said that he wants to use the IR camera on Joy-Con R for something this year; now obviously he could be talking about a game experience but he could also be talking about a robot like device with Joy-Con R used to detect depth and surrounding objects (the Joy-Con could serve as an arm). The user would be able to interact with the robot with Joy-Con L held side ways like an NES controller, potentially voice (if it has the AI for voice in its software and a microphone in the Robot's body), real objects through the IR camera, and Amiibos (the NFC reader is also placed in the hand like Joy-Con R).

Now the more obvious (and less exciting, for me anyway) reveal could be a slightly different Joy-Con with fewer buttons and more emphasis on motion or maybe some sort of camera joy-con. But none of these really fits the kids audience, at least in my eye, they are going after (the simplified motion controls for motion games, etc. seems to fit more with the much older Wii audience, like middle age and senior people). Then again, this is the cheapest route and the one Nintendo will most likely take (imagine how much a robot body would cost).

This would honestly be amazing I think. A Rob the robot type Switch stand that they customize and build how they want, albeit limited, with different looking parts to hold the Switch console in its torso or head. The arms could interact with some games or do all kinds of things from the the console link. It would tap into all the robot craze. Even if this isn’t a thing, it seems too sweet of a throwback for it not to be.

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My guess would be a pokemon amibo card game or switch sports



"...a new interactive experience for Kids..", arf? So, what could this mean, arf?



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zygote said:
Teeqoz said:

Portable only makes little sense. You can't get much cost savings from ditching the little hardware required to connect to the TV. You can only get rid of some plastic and the output ports.If they were to make an SKU ditching the hybrid concept, a home-console only SKU would make a lot more sense. You can ditch costly parts like the screen and the battery, and ofcourse you could still ditch excess plastic.

I actually haven’t heard this suggestion before. Most assume a handheld only because that is where Nintendo is most successful and what makes Switch so appealing, but with the successfulness so far, this wouldn’t be a bad option in the future. I doubt they would want to stray that far from their original concept though. Definitely an interesting take. 

I'm not saying it will happen, but if they were to make a non-hybrid SKU, a home console one makes more sense than a portable one imo.



My bets on Switch VR.



Wheel me out to the curb for garbage day

hm, wtf are they up to this time

definitely gonna watch, I'm a kid at heart :)



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