Nintendo Switch Mini possibly leaked by Chinese accessory maker

Could the Nintendo Switch Mini have been outed by this careless Chinese accessory manufacturer, or is this another rumor we should ignore?

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If you've been jonesing for news about a new Nintendo Switch model or even a smaller one that you could take with you instead of the one you've got at home on your trusty dock, your ship may finally have come in.

Nintendo fan @Cptn_Alex on Twitter posted an image of an email he received from a Chinese gaming accessory manufacturer called Honson Gaming.

"Was the Switch Mini just unofficially announced to me?" Alex questioned. "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?"

The answer to that is yes, because we've seen it happen time and time again. Typically, the products do end up releasing, and the cases/protectors (or whatever the item in question is) end up making up our first "real" glimpses of unannounced systems, phones, or other electronic items. It's hard to say what's going on in this situation, but best not to write it off as fiction just yet, especially if the company is reaching out to those it wants to communicate with on behalf of the business. 

A quick trip to the Honson official website reveals that the products are indeed up for purchase, showing a tempered glass screen protector and a clear protective case as well as several cases for what the company is calling, indeed, the Nintendo Switch Mini. The image of the Switch seen in the product images is obviously a fan mock-up and not a final representation of what the Switch Mini would look like (or so we believe), but it seems like a safe bet that the company either believes this item is going to be releasing soon enough or has it on good authority that it should go ahead and start pumping out these accessories for an impending launch.

The items appear to be all "out of stock" right now, but it certainly looks like this could be the start of one particularly juicy rumor. Is Nintendo planning on making some sort of debut announcement at a later date, now that we're already a week out from the company's E3 showing? Keep it locked here on Shacknews for additional updates, and we'll keep you abreast of the situation.

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    June 18, 2019 8:15 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Nintendo Switch Mini possibly leaked by Chinese accessory maker

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      June 19, 2019 3:56 AM

      I really hope a switch mini is a lot cheaper, so I can buy 1-2 for my kids

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        June 19, 2019 7:21 AM

        If I had to guess it'll launch around $200, so they can drop the current switch to $250 when they start selling the Switch XL at $300/$350.

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          June 19, 2019 7:28 AM

          followed by Switch Color at $400 and Switch Advanced Color at $450 and Switch Advanvced SP at $550 and finally Switch Virtual Boy at $1000 :)

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          June 19, 2019 7:58 AM

          Why would they make a XL? It's already big enough.

          Maybe a cheaper non portable version? Although it kind of defeats the purpose of the console.

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            June 19, 2019 8:37 AM

            Was rumored that two versions were being made: a smaller one for traveling folks who spend most of the time in hand-on mode and a larger slightly more powerful one that is mostly in the dock. All rumor though, but a mini would fit with the first.

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            June 19, 2019 8:41 AM

            I just used XL as a nomenclature for "same but more better" in following the DS/3DS lineage, not necessarily that it's a bigger devices/screen.

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            June 19, 2019 8:44 AM

            I'm waiting for the Switch Backpack, its rumored to be a 32 inch portable switch with a shoulder strap.

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            June 19, 2019 10:13 AM

            the screen is fine. those joycons are for tiny baby hands though.

            i get you can put grips on them, but i would buy one in a second if they released first party jumbo joycons (bonus points for a real d-pad).

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              June 19, 2019 10:50 AM

              I guess but they don't need a new switch sku for that. Just release bigger controllers for the original switch.

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        June 19, 2019 7:50 AM

        Me too! I doubt it will be that cheap though... even $200 USD I think is pushing it.

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        June 19, 2019 7:52 AM

        1-2 Switch is fairly cheap now, I think.

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        June 19, 2019 8:48 AM

        The previous rumor said $200

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        June 19, 2019 9:39 AM

        I’d love to have another one so I can play while my wife messes around in Zelda

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        June 19, 2019 10:12 AM

        you aren't going to get sub 100 versions - if that is what 'a lot cheaper' means to you.

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        June 19, 2019 11:24 AM

        It will be $289.99

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      June 19, 2019 7:56 AM

      Looks like they used two different shitty mockup images, I'm imagining this is more of a translation error than a leak for switch mini.

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      June 19, 2019 8:39 AM

      not sure why they'd sell a model that wouldn't work with mario party, snipper clips, and other titles.

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      June 19, 2019 8:44 AM

      So no Pro Switch? :\

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        June 19, 2019 9:47 AM

        No reason to assume that, but also no reason to assume it's coming anytime soon.

        That'll line up with a more powerful SoC being available from Nvidia.

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        June 19, 2019 10:59 AM

        There was never any good reason to believe it was happening this year

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          June 19, 2019 11:06 AM

          Plus it would be like the News 3DS, more powerful, yet the extra power was never every used.

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            June 19, 2019 11:12 AM

            Yes, it was. It was immediately obvious throughout the UI, enabled SNES VC games, and was used in games like the Xeno port.

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            June 19, 2019 11:30 AM

            I don’t think this would be the case. Existing games could be patched to use the extra horsepower like we’ve already seen with the PS4 Pro and XB1X

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          June 19, 2019 11:28 AM

          maybe BOTW2 will bring in new generation of hardware. and I don't expect a pro switch - I expect switch rev 2

          • gmd legacy 10 years mercury mega
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            June 19, 2019 11:31 AM

            I'd like a non portable version that can run at 4K HDR, the have a 240p version for handheld users, I know this will never happen

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            June 19, 2019 11:49 AM

            Nvidia is who they’d be waiting on, and right now the Tegra roadmap doesn’t have anything fast enough as a good replacement for the X1. Even if it existed, as in a new part came out this year, it probably wouldn’t be cheap enough to use right now.

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              June 19, 2019 11:53 AM

              Nintendo could be working with them directly on unannounced stuff - like xbox and sony are doing with AMD

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                June 19, 2019 12:10 PM

                Its entirely possible. That said, AMD's roadmap and core technologies have been public knowledge for a while now. Its no surprise that Zen 2 will be in the next consoles. We know absolutely nothing from Nvidia. Like you said, its possible that they're sitting on it, but even then I can see Nintendo waiting another year or two as the parts get cheaper.

                Nintendo isn't going to raise the price on the Switch and they're going to preserve profit margins. An eventual Switch Pro would be cool though. The best SoC right now is Apple's A12X in the iPad Pro, that thing compares favorably against an Xbox One. The problem is that it is a proprietary 7nm SoC in a device that starts at $800.

                Nvidia first needs to catch up with Apple, a company that is consistently 18 months ahead of everyone else, and then the part needs to get cheap enough to put into a $300 console with joycons and everything. Based on that info I really think that 2021 is the most reasonable time to expect new "pro" hardware. Maybe 2020 but that's pushing it IMHO.

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                  June 19, 2019 12:21 PM

                  see I wouldn't do a switch pro. I would do a switch rev 2, with upgraded everything but it the same size. do the mini. and then do switch home which is basically a wii with the switch internals. or smaller. no screen.

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                    June 19, 2019 12:39 PM

                    Switch Pro or rev 2, same difference. "Upgraded everything" means it needs an upgraded SoC to be worthwhile, and nothing I posted above changes based on that.

                    Switch home won't happen, not when the vast majority of people use it either both docked and in handheld or handheld entirely. Nintendo's polling from system usage stats last year indicated that only 15% of people use the Switch entirely docked, the majority use it in both modes, and over 20% use it only handheld. I wouldn't be surprised if the latter figure increased with the explosion of indie games.

                    Speaking for myself, my handheld usage blew up after I finished Odyssey. In the first year I mainly played it on my TV, but even with their more recent first party games I've mainly been playing it handheld these days.

                    Switch Home ain't happening.

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          June 19, 2019 12:56 PM

          How about I need a second one for when Pokemon comes out and I want that one to be more powerful. Is that reason not good enough for you Serpico?!

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            June 19, 2019 1:20 PM

            If it was up to me we'd have an A12X-class SoC in a Switch right now, ain't happening though! :)

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            June 19, 2019 2:06 PM

            Pokemon is the last reason for more powerful anything :(

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              June 19, 2019 2:37 PM

              Yeah but Pokemon is when I need a second Switch, as both the wife and I will want to play at the same time. I don't want to buy a second Switch then have a more powerful version come out shortly afterwards

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        June 19, 2019 11:11 AM

        I’m waiting for fall to see if a pro model is coming down the pipe. If nothing after that then I’ll get the Switch.

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        June 19, 2019 11:23 AM

        Like faster hardware? No way, this is Nintendo, that is much further out.

        The best you can hope for is a better/bigger screen, but I doubt that too since you can use a TV unlike a DS.

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          June 19, 2019 6:06 PM

          the rumor was talking about an upgraded screen and battery life and maybe a cpu that drains battery less. They were saying that to keep up with iPads and tablets they should rev the screen since technology moves so fast. Who knows though.

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      June 19, 2019 9:22 AM

      It’s going to be weird when Super Mario Odyssey nags you to do something with the joycons that’s physically impossible to do with your model.

      That said I’m reminded of that time when, back before the iPod touch had a camera some cases for the new model showed up in stores with a notch for the camera. And then the next generation of iPod touch shipped with no camera anyway. Sometimes these accessory makers are so anxious to beat the competition to the punch that they make accessories for products that change or get abandoned. So it’s possible Nintendo has at least tossed around this idea but it’s no guarantee it’ll ever ship.

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        June 19, 2019 9:38 AM

        I was wondering about that too. I’m guessing that at least Nintendo’s games will update to take that into account.

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      June 19, 2019 9:45 AM

      It's already too damn small as it is for my aging eyes.

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        June 19, 2019 11:34 AM

        It's tricky because Switch games are often designed as console games - 3DS games typically have bigger/simpler UI, a closer camera, etc. To play Switch games on that form factor, they really should be getting devs to develop a small screen mode.

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          June 19, 2019 11:42 AM

          A handful of games like Wargroove already do this but it's pretty sporadic.

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      June 19, 2019 11:32 AM

      I already was certain this was happening, it just makes sense. If they didn't do this that would be effectively exiting the handheld market that the 3DS currently serves. And they really do not want to do that. The Switch is too big, too fragile and too expensive to replace the DS line.

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      June 19, 2019 11:39 AM

      That thing will probably have a way bigger battery than the original model with a bigger overall footprint, right?

      Also hard to tell from the photos but it looks like it might fit in the existing dock.

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        June 19, 2019 12:12 PM

        That image is a fan mockup that was on Reddit a while back. It was based around a 5" screen, no detachable joycons, and it would still fit in the dock.

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          June 19, 2019 12:14 PM

          i feel like a 5" screen would be too small for some games like smash and other pixel art platformers.

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            June 19, 2019 12:40 PM

            We'll see what it ends up being. A 5" wouldn't surprise me though since they's want to make it more portable and less expensive

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