Journalist Laura Dale is reporting that she has heard from her source that all Nintendo Switch systems will come with a dock meaning that there won’t be a standalone handheld version. However, this might come down the line eventually. For the moment Nintendo doesn’t want to confuse consumers which seems like an extremely good idea.
According to our source, Nintendo wants to launch the Switch with a clear focus on the hybrid nature of the device core to marketing. While a handheld-only package may come down the line, at launch all bundles of the system will include a dock as to not confuse branding around the name. Nintendo considered internally the idea of selling the handheld portion separately, but had concerns that consumers who purchased the handheld without the dock may still think they could connect it to the TV.