The Nintendo Switch Mini Might Have Just Leaked
Twitter user @cptn_alex has shared what might be the first real evidence of the forthcoming release of the Switch Mini, Nintendo's cut-price version of its flagship video games console.
A reduced-features, reduced-price model of Nintendo's popular hybrid system, focused more on handheld play over docked sessions, has been doing the rumours for ages. We had heard that a budget model of the Switch would be released in June - only for Nintendo to pour water on that report. The company also declared that no new Switch would be shown off during E3, and it stuck to its word.
But the aforementioned Twitter user, who also has a YouTube channel focused on Nintendo activity, claims to have received an email from a Chinese manufacturer called HonSon, that makes accessories for game consoles - including, apparently, the Switch Mini.
Was the Switch Mini just unofficially announced to me?
A gaming company in China just wrote to me letting me know they're releasing accessories for the Nintendo Switch Mini.
Would a company make products for a console they didn't KNOW existed, and didn't have in hand? pic.twitter.com/yQgk7xCbUn
- CptnAlex (@Cptn_Alex) June 18, 2019
Click to the company's website and, yep, you'll find a variety of cases and covers for the so-called Switch Mini.
Nintendo Life claims that the console shown in the pictures is, in fact, an old mock-up of what a Mini could look like; or, rather, that *most* of the units shown are old. What isn't, the site says, is the model shown below.
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"We can't recall seeing this image elsewhere, and the design of the console looks a little different to previous mock-ups," writes Nintendo Life's Ryan Craddock. So could it be that this is the legit Switch Mini? Or, at least, a newer mock-up with the correct dimensions, allowing HonSon to produce accessories for it?
The design clearly shows that this is a Switch that can be docked, but that it does not have detachable Joy-Con controllers - you'd need a separate pad to take your games onto the TV, not that there's any shortage of those available for the Switch. Do note, too, that while we're calling this a "Mini" here, we're not seeing a unit that's substantially smaller than the existing Switch, and we imagine it works with the current docks.
It also appears to have a proper d-pad as standard, which is my biggest gripe with the Switch - the four buttons on the left side, essential for detached Joy-Con play, just don't feel right. I was playing Secret of Mana on my commute in today, and how I'd prefer to take that JRPG classic on with a d-pad, and not these individual buttons or the thumbstick.
@cptn_alex expressed disappointment that Nintendo Life ran with the information he revealed on Twitter, without crediting him. Hopefully he's not so peeved at us. Credit your sources, people! And your sauces, too - they make anything more delicious. (Nintendo Life subsequently confirmed they'd sourced the story from elsewhere, and they and @cptn_alex made up... maybe over sauce, maybe not, we don't have that information to hand.)