Nintendo has always been known for being predictable – and yet – totally unpredictable. They’re always trying to surprise us, always taking risks, and doing something out of the ordinary. One thing is normal though and that’s Nintendo Directs.
Nintendo usually puts on a Direct in January and a lot of people (just check Twitter) are expecting one. There’s even a rumor going around that it’ll be on the 10th, which is a week from today. I obviously don’t know if this will actually happen or not – hence “rumor” – but people have been making predictions of what Nintendo may show.
I have to be honest – I don’t have any true predictions other than hopefully they’ll show more of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing for the Switch, and Pokemon for the Switch. They may announce a new DLC character for Smash Ultimate too. Maybe they’ll announce a release date for Piranha Plant for Smash. Who knows?
Okay, I guess I did have a couple of predictions.
That’s not the point of this post. Some other people have been making predictions of what Nintendo might plan to do for 2019 – not necessarily what they may announce in this supposed Direct in a week.
Wow, that was an interesting sentence.
Anyway, some Analysts got together to predict Nintendo’s plans for 2019. One guy, Michael Pachter, said:
“Nintendo will launch a fully handheld version of the Switch at $199.”
Would that be a good idea? I’ve gone back and forth about buying my own Switch so Kris and I can trade Pokemon in the Let’s Go games and play other games together. But all our games are on the Switch we have so I’d have to start from scratch. Not to mention I already have my own account on the Switch and I don’t know how I feel about making yet another Nintendo account.
I do, however, use the Switch in handheld mode a lot. I loved the 3DS and I think I prefer handhelds over home consoles, even though I enjoy seeing my games on the big screen.
Honestly, I could use the Switch we have now as a handheld only and just use the dock as a charging station. However, the battery life in handheld mode isn’t great.
Getting a Switch without the dock for $100 less wouldn’t be a bad deal. I assume a charger would come with it. The only thing is, again, they would have make it so the battery life of the Switch lasts longer. Whether that’s possible or not, I don’t know.
Also, would they change the Switch in any way to make sure it didn’t fit in a dock so people didn’t cheat out on buying the $300 Switch? I assume they would keep the game cartridges the same… but who knows with Nintendo. They can be fickle sometimes.
I know they once said their aim was to have a Switch per person in every household. For my house and each one of us having our own Switch, that would cost us $1,200 – not including multiple $60 games or $80 extra Joy-Con and other accessories.
Granted, this is just a prediction, but I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to do this. It’d be cheaper (though not by much). There would certainly be pros and cons to buying the handheld version over the docked version and vice versa.
The Switch is still doing extremely well, but it’ll be two-years-old two months from today. I expect they’re thinking of a new console or handheld or something to add to the Switch.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.