Lite Switching

Posted by Pinch August 27, 2019 in NEWSTech Review

On July 10th, 2019 Nintendo announced their next step with the Nintendo Switch.  The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in 3 standard colors and a limited edition Pokemon Sword and Shield versions.  They retail for $199.99, $100 less than it’s older brother. This price drop does not come with some hindrances.  The Nintendo Switch paved the way for consoles becoming portable. Being able to Switch between Docked mode where you can play on your television to mobile mode where you can play it like the PSVita or its even older brother, Sega Game Gear (but better).

The Switch lite loses that dockable functionality.  Yep. You can’t dock it. Nintendo stated that the design of the original Switch was versatility.  Its focus was the ability to create a console to be playable on the TV and as a handheld. Nintendo recently found that most Switch users did not use its versatile function of docked mode. Instead, users enjoy its portability.  

Enter Switch Lite.

Switch Lite’s focus is portability.  Being able to play your favorite games on the go is a major appeal.  Now from the perspective of someone who primarily uses his switch not docked this is awesome.  The flip side of this is playing games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Mario Maker 2, or Super Smash Bros Ultimate on a 70” TV is really satisfying, and you may have some FOMO by not being able to do just that.  I have been a console gamer my whole life and still continue to play console today. There is something so gratifying about playing games like Cuphead and Breath of the Wild on the go, without being restricted to a TV or computer.  

The size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is about the size of the normal Switch without 1 of the Joycons.  With a smaller screen and built-in controllers, users are unable to dock it. It is lighter weight, thinner, and has a better battery life than the Gen 1 Switch.  “Gen 1, but wait!” you yell into the void, hoping I can hear you.  I can’t, you’re reading an article. Yes, Gen 1. Recently, Nintendo released the updated, better battery life, no JoyCon drifting Gen 1.5 (?  Yeah let’s call it that.) Take a look at the backside of your Nintendo Switch if you are worried about JoyCon Drift.  At the bottom, you will see your model number. If it is HAC-001, you have an older version. HAC-001(-01) and you are in luck and got Gen 1.5.  

If you are still on the fence on whether or not the Nintendo Switch is a worthy competitor, at the $200 price point, the Switch Lite is a great jumping-off point.  It releases September 20th. You can pre-order here in Gray, Turquoise, and Pikachu Yellow.  

What do you think? 

Is the Switch Lite enough to get you to try out the Nintendo Switch?  Will you buy a second switch because it’s the cool thing to do? Let me know in the comments below.

Gio “Piinncchh” Mapile is a gamer, gadgeteer, and hasn’t started his playthrough in Fire Emblem: Three Houses yet.