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Michael Pachter believes that Nintendo should ditch the Switch in favour of Switch Lite

Famed video game industry analyst Michael Pachter is at it again and this time he is of the opinion that Nintendo should ditch the current Nintendo Switch system and only sell the Switch Lite system. His bizarre conclusion for this comes down to the fact that he doesn’t believe consumers actually “switch” the console from the TV to handheld and just play the device one way. He suggests that Nintendo should offer a Fire Stick style dongle for the Switch Lite for those who do want to play it on the TV.

“I don’t really understand the whole hybrid concept. I think that was something Iwata did to differentiate the Switch, and he wanted to have a console that could go back and forth from console to portable. But I don’t think most people play it in both modes, I would say that maybe 20% of Switch owners play both modes; and I think most Switch owners play it handheld only. So I honestly don’t understand the whole point of the hybrid. Who cares? Play it as a handheld.”

“And Nintendo isn’t that smart, so you never know what they will do next, but I think the smart thing would be to get rid of the Switch console and only have the Switch Lite, get rid of the docking station, get rid of playing on the TV; maybe offer a Fire Stick style dongle for those who do want to play it on the TV. But I just think that a portable-only Switch makes the most sense, it’s the cheapest to make, and they could make the screen nicer and the build quality better.”

“I am not sure what we will see from them next generation, if there will be upgrade to processing power. They should at least put some flash memory in it so you can download some games and not have to screw around with cartridges.”



    1. I play my switch about 80% docked. The rest I bring it in travels and I’m really greatful for having both of those options in one and the same console with the same games and saves. Also, switch is the only console I can play in both my living room and the bedroom TV without getting an entire second console.

    2. Well had they made a non-handheld Switch for you then it likely would have used the TX1’s highest clocks at all times, it could support 4K output for things like Hulu, and support hard drives as expandable storage and could still be sold to you at a profit for under $200.

  1. Also i would LOVE to see where he gets his “facts” from.

    Like how does he know that a majority of players play the Switch in handheld mode?

    I wanna see the exact numbers and HOW he got to his conclusion.

  2. Yah, and the Switch still out sells the Switch lite 5 to 1. Why do people even listen to Pachter, his success rate is actually lower than blindy guessing. That’s how bad of an analyst he is.

  3. Is Michael Pachter now just a professional troll? Like seriously, the Switch Lite sells so poorly compared to the standard Switch, if anything that’s the model they should be ditching. I also disagree that 20% of owners play both modes. I’d say for sure 90% of people stick to one mode most of the time but likely still use the other one from time to time. I myself probably split 80/20 in favour of handheld, but that 20% playing docked is some of my most meaningful time with the console.

    1. The short answer is yes he is a professional troll. There is no substance to anything he is saying.

  4. Pachter clearly doesnt know the standard model Switch takes the lion share of sales week by week, consumers want choice when buying a Switch and its hybrid nature is the unique selling point. He also shows incompetentance at his job and I have to laugh when he highlights Switch Lite is cheaper to make then proceeds to list changes which will drive production cost up. Michael Pachter is an idiot. I do think Switch Lite will out last the standard Switch but it’s +3 years away. Why does Pachter not think Nintendo will go down the ‘Pro’ root before comitting to a full next gen console cycle. Nintendo have been very smart this generation, the Switch is more flexible than a traditional home console, here’s a crazy idea, Nintendo announce a new dock for March 2021 which cost £70 – £100 (or bundled with a Switch for £350) and will upscale all existing Switch games to 4K using Nividia’s image AI reconsturction (DLSS 2.0). The switch has 3 skus on the shelf and by mid next year standard switch inventory has been depleted and the highend 4K dock sku becomes the new standard with a price cut to £280.

  5. Its been ages since i last heard from michael pachter and i hope it’s even more then next time i hear from dude again.

  6. Did this dummy just say you can’t download games on a Switch currently? Wow. He gets paid for this?

  7. Michael Pachter. Once an idiot, always an idiot.
    “I think most Switch owners play it handheld only”.
    Well, I NEVER play in handheld mode. Not since I first bought the Switch. Seriously, this guy gets paid for saying stupid things like this?

  8. The same guy who advised AGAINST buying shares in Netflix and advised buying shares in blockbuster

    The same guy who said nintendo should quit making hardware and just make games

    The same guy who said the wii would flop

    The same guy who said the switch would flop and nintendo would get no third party support

    Pachter is completely and utterly clueless, and anyone who takes advice from him needs their head tested

  9. He is very out of touch. I play mostly docked and occasionally in handheld. This would really mess me over. There is a reason more of the traditional Switch systems sell more every month.

  10. “They should put flash memory in” he says.
    Just how much of an idiot is he?
    Also, I definitely use both docked mode and handheld mode. Handheld mode is for playing in bed, traveling, visual novels, and in dark rooms when you don’t want to play on a massive screen. Docked mode is for everything else.
    Dude is clueless and probably doesn’t own a Switch. His opinions are dumb and I don’t understand why people think he’s influential or some crap like that.

  11. I thought we refused to cover him after his “late and not-so-great Satoru Iwata” comment some 3-4 years back. The guy clearly gets a Minecraft Steve meat from dissing Nintendo any time he can; he shouldn’t have a platform here.

  12. No thats stupid. The 3DS faced huge competion from the phone market, the switch does not have a real competitor that does what it do. If they want a home console only they need to have specs in line with the competion, have an online system as good, and something to differiencate itself, I think they should continue the switch and switch lite line up I think it’s perfect strategy

    1. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓 says:

      Don’t worry. Sometimes, this man, says strange things.

  13. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓 says:

    And Nintendo isn’t that smart.

    So making the Switch isn’t a smart choice for Nintendo?

    maybe offer a Fire Stick style dongle for those who want to play it on TV.

    Bruh… There is already something similar and it’s the dock where you can put the Switch and play on it. Plus putting the Switch on the dock can also charge the Switch.

  14. This has got to be one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard. There are 6 Switch systems in our family and we all play docked 90 percent of the time. Whoever this dude is has his info ALL wrong!

  15. What people are missing here is that he said there should also be a dongle. See, the tech in the Switch is very very inexpensive now. You could ship a TV dongle for under $50 with better specs, and for customers who only want to play on their TV, the cost barrier essentially disappears. The hardware would be SO MUCH CHEAPER without all the gimicky stick on controller and portability and touch screen stuff. I’m not saying get rid of that stuff! I love that the software has converged. But yeah, go ahead and just sell a Switch Lite and a TV dongle. It would probably have better margins. They would sell A TON of inexpensive TV dongles. If they were smart, they would just sell a $50 dongle and a subscription and let you play their back catalog. They could print money the rest of their lives if they just treated their library like software. And it would be SO CHEAP and SO EASY because it’s JUST SOFTWARE that it wouldn’t have to cost their mobile strategy at all. Just, do it! DO IT! They’re leaving money on the table, and I just can’t imagine why. I just don’t understand Nintendo. But if we understood them, they’d be ordinary instead of extraordinary, so who am I to question them in the first place? I love my Switch. And their games are just different. Not better, necessarily, but they’re really the only ones doing what they do, whatever that happens to be at the time. And that’s how you get your Marios and your Zeldas, by ignoring the experts. But for what it’s worth, I agree with Mike.

  16. There definitely could have been options for a Switch Lite to be playable on the TV. Like he suggested; a dongle. Though, perhaps it would have driven up the price of the console a bit.

    I play my Switch mostly in handheld mode, but I simply like the option of docked mode available to me if there ever is a time I feel like using the Pro Controller.

    I think you should have had the option of TV play one way or another with the Lite, but I also think it isn’t that big of a deal. I don’t know if I could give up docked mode entirely, but I’d be fine with a Lite for a good while.

  17. My thing is I hate when people spout percentages like they actually “know” the exact numbers. He says “20% of switch owners use the system in TV mode.” Where did he get this number? Did he do a survey? Is he quoting from somewhere that did the research? Or is he just talking out of his ass? Honestly it sounds like the latter…

  18. Wow if Nintendo will listen to him it would suck BAD! I certainly switch between TV and handheld a lot and I am very great-full for that option!
    Where does he get his data from? you cant speculate on data your gut feeling told you…
    wtf Michael!?

  19. Hahaha never change, Pachter. He has a long-standing, perfect track record of being wrong 100% of the time. Honestly, there is worth in that.

  20. Did you smoke a lot of weed before writing this article? The hybrid mode is why I got it. Play it on the tv for the relaxed mode gaming and play it handheld on the go. Why would they go backwards and go back to only hand held? I’d like to see a camera and AR mode on the next switch version! Perhaps Bluetooth that connects with headphones. ;)

  21. If you thought there can’t be a worse president than Trump, take a look at Pachter and think again. This guy has uttered more uneducated nonsense in his career than Trump did.

  22. Yaaay! Pachter scared of Nintendo BATTERING his precious Fony and Eggs Box machines, yet AGAIN!!

    “oh dont plug it into your tv, where will my PS5 go???”

    L. O. L

  23. What happen if my Nintendo switch lite control stick drift… Should I take it apart to fix it or waste another $200 to get a new one?

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