The smaller "budget friendly" Nintendo Switch will launch this fall

Ruben Fields
April 19, 2019

Nintendo's alleged cheaper, "more portable" version of their darling Nintendo Switch will be launching next fall, according to a Japanese newspaper.

A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, Dec. 4, 2017.

Nintendo and Tencent have joined forces in an attempt to bring the Switch to China, and the pair are making significant headway. "U Deluxe" game, a statement on the government's website showed.

The freeze resulted in a backlog which "means it is uncertain whether a strong line-up of launch titles can coincide with the hardware launch", said market analyst Gu Tianyi at gaming industry analytics firm Newzoo. While some within the company have expressed their desire to revive development, a Nintendo official confirmed that the reason for its cancellation is that it was not "a Nintendo-esque product".

"What sets Nintendo apart [from competitors like Sony and Microsoft] it that its intellectual property roster - including Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon - is already extremely popular in the market".

Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism's announcement said that the Switch must be sold with a test version of New Super Mario Bros.

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However, police said they were limited in the action they could take as the protests were disruptive, rather than violent. Heathrow Airport said it was working with police to address threats of protest that may disrupt the airport.

Approving games and consoles for sale in China is a multi-layered process.

Whether that goes against the report from The Wall Street Journal, which suggested the model will launch by the end of the year is not explicitly clear.

THAT SMALLER, CHEAPER SWITCH we mentioned back in February?

In the latest update, Tencent has now been given the approval to start selling New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo has previously released gaming devices like the N64 and the 3DS XL in China under iQue branding.

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