A cheaper Nintendo Switch may launch before the next-gen version

Alfred Osborne
April 20, 2019

The news comes from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, which reiterates what we already know without adding much by the way of new colour.

A smaller and cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch is coming out this fall, Nikkei reported (translation via The Verge).

The company reportedly halted work on the tech before December previous year, and it may have been stopped long before that too.

Market analyst Gu Tianyi said that releasing the Switch in China is a "massive opportunity" for Nintendo and Tencent.

Nintendo and Tencent have joined forces in an attempt to bring the Switch to China, and the pair are making significant headway. "What's more, the mobile aspect of the Switch is a great fit for China's mobile-first culture".

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Until recently, consoles were banned in China.

A spokesman for Nintendo - which has sold more than 32 million Switch units globally since its launch just over two years ago - said Tencent had applied to Guangdong authorities for approval to sell the Switch console. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in the West in 2017.

If the Nintendo Switch's price is a little high for you at the moment, you may want to wait a while to see if this cheaper and smaller console ever materializes. The Chinese province of Guangdong, where Tencent is registered, gave approval to the company on Thursday to release the Switch with a test version of the New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo has previously released gaming devices like the N64 and the 3DS XL in China under iQue branding. But Nikkei's development sources suggest that the next step in hardware power may still be in the early planning stages at Nintendo, with no one assigned to lead "conceptual development" as of yet.

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