Here’s a slightly odd one, but Nintendo are now selling the Nintendo Switch in Japan without a dock, USB-C charger, Joy-Con grip or HDMI cable. You save a few Yen – it’s 5,000 yen cheaper, which is around £35 – but you also lose the ability to connect the console a TV and lose the speedy USB-PD charging that the bundles power supply adds.
So, why have Nintendo done this? Well, it makes a lot of sense if you consider the Nintendo’s hybrid nature. While it can be played on TV or shared through tabletop play, it’s still a rather personal console in the vein of a handheld. With that in mind, a family might want to buy a second console, but still have all the gubbins from the first one, thus not needing a dock or the various accessories.
At the end of the day, it’s a relatively small saving, but one which feels like it might be a bit of a false economy. Getting a good power USB-PD power brick can set you back, if you’re not happy to live with the slower charging that a standard 12W tablet charger can provide, and getting a new dock separately is much more expensive, with a price of £90.