I know that Nintendo plays by their own rules and say that they do not try to compete with the other big systems like : Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox. However, you can not deny the fact that they do compete with selling their products.
Nintendo just recently announced that they are going to release a smaller version of the Nintendo Switch. As, an avid Nintendo Switch player I thought this might be cool. However, the more and more information that keeps flowing out of the Nintendo camp makes me think…Nah, I don’t think I need that.
Now, I know I hoped on the band wagon late in the game for the Nintendo Switch life cycle. I have not had the Switch for more then a year. I delayed buying it because I still love my Nintendo 3DS on the go And, when at home I would get down on me some PS4. Then, one day I was looking at the Switch and thought ” Hey why not…oooh yeah and buy the new Zelda game too while you are at it.” Best idea in my life.
Ok back to the the Switch lite …The reason for me to feel this way is because I do not see the Pimp factor in why I need it if I have already shelled out 300 plus bones for the original version of the Switch. Don’t get me wrong I am not bashing on the idea of having a smaller Switch. And I also see why Nintendo is doing this so they can sell more units. I could be wrong but I feel that they could have just lowered the price of the Original Switch and could have grabbed the people that did not already have one, And then pushed a “Mini” or Pro Switch.
Side note :Now this is all subject to change with me especially if they add features like: leaving your big Switch at home docked but pick up where you left off on the Lite and take it with you, and then be able to continue on the original when you get back home.
Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of the Switch Lite
It has a $199.99 USD price point. This is $100.00 cheaper then the original, and if your a parent of a kid that just won’t leave you alone about getting a Switch well here you go without breaking the bank.
It will have gyro so it will work with the motion games like Zelda Breath of The Wild.
They removed the buttons on the left side controller and added a very much wanted D pad.
The Joy Cons do not detach, However this can also be a Con. The pro part about it is it’s less to lose.
The Switch Lite still has Bluetooth connection so the pro pad can still be used.
I also heard that if you wanted to play titles like Mario Cart with your friends, you still can link yours to their Switch and play on your own screen kinda like the 3DS.
Let it also be noted that in November Nintendo is releasing a special edition Pokémon Sword and Shield edition so this could really drive sales up.
That’s about t for the Pros until I hear more.
The JoyCons do not detach causing some games not to be able to play if you need to use a single one. Like Super Mario Party.
Some games will not be able to play on the Switch Lite, especially the ones that use hand held mode like 1,2 Switch
It does not come with a dock and is not dockable to a TV.
No kick stand to prop it up if you are using a Pro Controller or any other controller for that matter.
It is not much smaller or lighter then the original Switch.
Size and weight: 8.2 x 3.6 which makes it only 1.2 x 0.4 inches smaller then the original. And only 0.21 pounds lighter.
Since the Joy Cons do not detach, this makes the unit single player and if no one else has a Switch you can’t play together on games like Mario Cart or Mario Tennis.
The JoyCons also do not come with rumble. This could be a con for some of you.
Like I said above this could be all subject to change for me but as of now I don’t see any reason why Anyone would get the Switch Lite if they already have the original Switch.