I am quite interested to see what effect, if any, the arrival of the Mariko-powered regular Switch has on sales. On the one hand, it could cause a bump from people upgrading, but on the other, Nintendo hasn't really publicized it as a "new and improved" model, so it could be the vast majority of consumers aren't even aware of it and the pre-Lite slump will continue.
^ nintendo want to sellout stock of older models..... so its hush hush, new revision? whaaaaat? no need to advertise that.
Its that "same-same.... but differnt" meme.
However the biggest thing is the +80% better battery life, and ~5% performance (faster ram),
and supposedly slightly more sturdy Joy-cons (to try fix drift issue).
I guess the slight perf. gain isnt worth a "new" title.... and they dont want to advertise they have a joy-con drift issue.
So it basically all boils down to the battery life, which again might not be enough to sell you on a "new improved switch".
So its just a silent revision...... I think sony did the same, with a few times this gen too.
Imo the "effect" of this new Mariko model will be slim to nothing (ei. sales will look as they always have).
Last edited by JRPGfan - on 17 August 2019
The thing that will have a effect, is the handheld only Switch version, thats going for a smaller price point.
Also I think Nintendo are still selling these at decent profits, it might be possible for Switch Lite to hit 149$.
Thats when the handheld Switch sales blows up, at that price point, its a much easier sale to parents looking for a gift for a kid.