Always loving to surprise Nintendo has just made a pretty monumental announcement. They have revealed the portable only Switch Lite.
If you remember in my article: Nintendo 3DS: A State of Affairs I talked about what the options were for the portable gaming side of Nintendo. If you don’t remember here’s what I said, “If Nintendo does reveal a cheaper Switch as is rumored, I expect it to be marketed to the child and tween group (insert cool colors). That will effectively seal the fate of the 3DS and any further plans for a separate portable platform.”
With that being said I was wrong in it being announced at E3. However a delayed announcement is not surprising as Nintendo likes to get things right. Or perhaps there was too much buzz around the Playstation 5 and the Big N didn’t want their reveal overshadowed.
What Did They Take Away?
The Switch light essentially is missing a whole bunch of features to increase portability. These features include:
No Docking or TV Play
No Table Top Mode
No Joy Con Controllers
No HD Rumble
No IR Motion Camera
What Did They Give Instead?
The big question is, “What was the trade off for all the features removed”? The answer: Yellow Gray and Turquoise. Along with those colors there will also be a special Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. The special edition will be released in November for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
The Switch Lite is well…. Light. It weighs .61lbs a bit under the .88 of the original. It sports a 5.5” touch screen and a slightly longer battery. It maxes out at 7 hours and bottoms out at 3. Resolution as expected is a respectable 720p. With no Joy cons, a D-Pad has been swapped in for the left side inputs. Processor wise its said to be a NIVIDIA customized Tegra processor like the original Switch. As far as structure its made of a matte plastic. CNET who actually had hands on describes the Switch Lite as “compact and solid”.
What Does This All Mean?
Nintendo is hoping by cutting some features and a hundred bucks off the price they’ll reach the sweet spot for consumers who never really plays in tv mode and are always on the go. The 3DS is long in the tooth but parents may not want to shell out for the complete system.
Nintendo has already sold 34 million units of the Switch, now they hope ultra portability will either grab who they’ve missed or push households to by a second Switch. I know in my house I am super protective of the console and might feel more comfortable if my youngsters were to have a cheaper version of their own.
Currently the 2DS XL is priced at 148.99 and the 3DS XL is priced at 199.99 So a Switch Lite from that perspective isn’t a bad deal. However without 3DS compatibility you or your child’s library will become obsolete. This is a huge gamble for Nintendo hoping that enough people don’t ask the question “Why not just pay more and get the full system?”. However when the holidays come and wallets get tight that sweet price point may just be enough.
Tell me what you think! Is this a complete waste of money, or will you be first on the pre-order list. Do you think that this will rake in the dough or go the way of Virtual Boy? Let me know in the comment section down below, or you can discuss in our wonderful forums.
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