Nintendo will begin offering a Nintendo Switch bundle without a dock, but only in Japan. This may read as a pivot to a handheld-centric device, but Nintendo is selling this discounted bundle for second console shoppers.

As part of the firm’s plans to expand the number of Switch users per household, the Japan-only My Nintendo store will retail a Switch bundle that includes the core console and lets shoppers choose their Joy-Con and Joy-Con wrist strap colors (both left and right). The dock-less bundle will retail for 26,978 yen, or $250 USD. The normal SKU for the Switch costs approximately 32000 yen, or $300 USD. No AC adaptor is included, which retail for $20 on their own.

Nintendo’s Fiscal Yea 2019 projects 20 million more Switches sold by March 31st, 2019. As part of achieving those lofty numbers, Nintendo is targeting a broader audience to invest in their IPs and hardware. Selling a slightly discounted Switch that targets family members and second console purchasers is one way to hit that goal. The recently-launched DIY Labo kits also demonstrate this fiscal goal at work.

No such news of a dockless Switch bundle has been announced for western markets at this time.

Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.