Despite the countless rumors that have been circulating around the lower-priced 'Switch Mini' console over the past couple of years, Nintendo still has not officially revealed that such a thing exists . For all we know, that could be because does not exist but these accessories designed specifically for such a console could be a key ingredient in the Switch Mini speculation mix
Believe it or not, we've been talking about the idea of Switch Mini since April 2017 – just weeks after the real deal released into the world ̵
Now, we've spotted that HonSon's Chinese gaming accessory maker has listed a number of accessories specifically designed for a Mini Switch. Some of the images in these listings feature an old mock-up of the console (so we would not pay too much attention to that) but if these products are in production ready for sale, this would suggest that Honson may have received product size
The image featured in the top of this article, which you can see on Honson's site here, has us especially intrigued . We can not recall seeing this image elsewhere, and the design of the console looks a bit different to the previous mock-ups.
Of course, a retailer listing would not normally have convinced us that a new console is definitely on way, but it's common for new smartphone designs to leak ahead of time as cases and accessories appear online early. Accessory manufacturers need to have exact measurements early enough to produce cases in time for product launch, so is this what we're seeing here? While the console design featured in that image may not be 100% accurate, the case itself should surely be the correct size
Also, it's worth noting that back in 2013, Nintendo revealed the 2DS – a cheaper revision of the 3DS – in August. Two months later, the console was available to buy in stores.
We've reached out to HonSon and will update this story if we hear it back
But what do you think? Do you believe a new switch is on the way? Do you like the idea of Switch Mini?
Fire down in the comments below.