Update: Nintendo UK has responded to our request for comment, saying there are no plans to release this bundle in its region.
“This is in Japan only. We have no plans to release this in our region. Different regions make different decisions based on a variety of factors.”
Nintendo Japan has announced a new, cheaper Switch bundle that only includes the base unit, two Joy-Con and wrist straps.
Detailed on the Nintendo Japan website, the handheld-focused bundle comes in at ¥5,000 (around $45 USD / £33 / $60 AUD) cheaper than the original Switch bundle.
Missing from the original bundle are the dock, Joy-Con Grip, HDMI cable and power/charging cable.
Nintendo’s calling the new bundle a “second set”, specifically for households that already have a Switch and its TV-focused accessories.
Nintendo has previously been coy about calling the Switch a handheld console, which might explain the decision to leave out a charging cable from the new bundle. This does at least give those who only want to use the portable element of the Switch another option.
No western release has been announced, but we’ve contacted Nintendo for comment.
Nintendo recently promised to continue supporting its truly handheld-only console, the 3DS until 2019 “and beyond”.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he doesn’t remember the last time he actually used his dock, but he’d welcome a TV and dock combo in his bathroom. Follow him on Twitter.