Nintendo reportedly readying smaller, cheaper Switch

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"Mario puts on the white coat once again in the mobile game Dr. Mario World, targeting an early summer 2019 global release", Nintendo said on Twitter Thursday alongside a pill-shaped logo for the title. It has released mobile titles with DeNA Co Ltd and CyberAgent Inc but has yet to score a big hit.

Nintendo's smartphone games are starting to make the company some serious cash. According to the report (translated by Nintendo Everything), the new Switch will be a somewhat diminutive one, focused on "portability" and "playing outside".

Now that the animated Super Mario Bros. movie is officially moving forward, Nintendo has announced a rough time frame of when we'll be able to see it in theaters. This means that Dr. Mario World could be the first Nintendo mobile game that is the real deal.

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The proliferation of smartphones has created a larger base of potential players and also widened the field to competition, with Nintendo entering the unfamiliar market cautiously and wary of damaging its family-friendly reputation. The fighting game quickly became the third best-selling Nintendo Switch game, trailing Super Mario Odyssey (13.76 million) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (15.02 million).

Japanese business publication Nikkei claims that Nintendo is preparing to release a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch. These huge numbers skyrocketed Nintendo Switch holiday sales to 9.41 million units, up a mighty 30% year-over-year, and jumped total software sales to over 163 million.