Nintendo Switch has been an absolute rampage since the day it launched. It has been crushing all kinds of sales records in the United States and Japan. In fact, Nintendo said it sold more Switch consoles in the first year of sales than Wii U across its entire shelf life. We all knew Wii U sales were weak, but that is pretty impressive. According to reports, it is the fastest selling console in both markets and that’s including the legendary PlayStation 2 and the revolutionary Nintendo Wii.
Needless to say, we shouldn’t be expecting any official price drops any time soon, but it does look like Nintendo is readying a more affordable, slimmed down Switch bundle.
Most times, whether it be Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, console bundles that release after launch tend to add-in extra goodies and even sometimes raise the price to accommodate for them. But reports out of Japan seem to indicate Nintendo is doing just the opposite.
The new Switch bundle is essentially the same thing as the standard $300 option but without the big screen connectivity. In other words, it does not include the dock, Joy-Con Grip or the HDMI cable, leaving you with just the Switch, two Joy-Con and the straps.
Essentially Nintendo is offering the mobile-only version of its popular hybrid console for a lower price tag. Great for those looking to add a second Switch to the household or those that are looking to replace their 3DS handheld in favor of Nintendo’s latest hardware. While it seems like something that might be more popular overseas, there have to be some US gamers interested in this, right?
Hard to say, but we also aren’t sure if it is coming stateside at all. It looks to be already released in Japan, but there is no official word on a US release just yet. Seems like a simple enough task to bring it to the west, but Nintendo can be an odd beast at times.
Now let’s talk pricing, the standard Switch bundle goes for 32,378 yen or about $295 in Japan. The new trimmed down bundle costs 26,978 yen or about $246. Considering the Switch Dock (you don’t get in this new bundle) goes for about $65 on its own at Amazon, there really isn’t much of a discount here. Having said that, those looking to get in on the fun for as cheap as possible and aren’t interested in the big screen side of things might want to jump on this. You can always upgrade with a dock at any time, if this bundle ever comes to the US, that is.
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