Nintendo Switch Lite



  • Or is it the successor to the 3DS?



  • @inflorescence In a way it is the successor to the 2DS.



  • As someone who exclusively plays his switch in handheld mode, I almost certainly would have gotten this version if it had been available at the time of my purchase. There's a big market of people who are constantly on the go, whether for travel, commuting to work, or some other reason. When I lived in Japan I had a 3 hour round trip commute to work each day that this would have been perfect for. I see no reason why people wouldn't buy the cheaper version that's more suited to their lifestyle.



  • @naltmank said:

    I see no reason why people wouldn't buy the cheaper version that's more suited to their lifestyle.

    Mainly just because it is barely more suited to their lifestyle. Only 30 minute extra battery life. It is barely smaller and barely lighter. OG Switch can already be taken Handheld, and you can also use it Tabletop Mode while this one lacks even a kickstand. I just really see this one primarily for children who's parents see $300 as a bit too steep. Everyone else is losing alot for that $100 difference. Even if 95% of the time you'd be using your Handheld, you'd still appreciate being able to dock it to a television that other 5%, and this one simply can't do that.

    Only compelling argument I see for it so far in the D-Pad, but that's not guaranteed to be a good one yet.



  • @mbun said in Nintendo Switch Lite:

    Everyone else is losing alot for that $100 difference.

    First, I'd argue that you're not losing anything because you still have access to the original model, but that could easily lead to a different argument. My point is if you never intend to use it in any other mode, that $100 is absolutely worthwhile. $100 is a lot of money, or at least for me it is. Also, that 30 extra minutes is the difference between my switch potentially dying on my old commute to theoretically making it through no matter what. I'm not saying this is the only clear path forward, I'm just saying it's a great option for working class people that share my lifestyle - not just kids.



  • This will be great for the kids. I've put of getting them a Switch for themselves as they are still quite young. Now there is less thing to break & they have no interest in playing on the TV. Saves me a few quid too.



  • @naltmank said:

    First, I'd argue that you're not losing anything because you still have access to the original model

    That was my point. Better off with the original model. This one isn't as souped up as rumors had people believing. Disappointed that with 2 years and all they took away they could barely improve the battery life.

    $100 is a lot of money, or at least for me it is.

    You don't have to tell me how valuable $100 is, but when it is the difference between a console being the thing that makes it special or not, on top of minor luxuries like HD Rumble, and just knowing you won't have problems playing any game on it, then I argue it is worth spending the extra on if you're not a kid who either gets this or nothing at all.



  • I’m not offended by the Switch Lite but it seems like it’s on its own isolated ecosystem rather than having anything to do with the Switch.

    Like if one kid in the house has a Switch and the parent buys the younger kid a Switch Lite, they can’t even play Mario Party together.

    It’s like they are two completely different products that don’t interact. Kinda weird.

    Also, $250 CAD is steeeeeeep. The regular Switch is $350 I think.



  • Hell $100 is many a things to many people.
    Some might view the $100 saved as money towards extra games or accessories.
    Others might view it as "hey I can get this now and still afford rent this month "
    Or hell maybe someone with kids will view that $100 will probably view it as a hundred different things.

    That's not to mention people who might trade stuff in to help lower it's cost.



  • @dmcmaster

    True but they'll spend an extra $100 on joy cons anyways when they realize Billy can't play Mario Kart with his sisters on Switch.



  • Something is overpriced here, it's either the 27 month old console or this new console.



  • I knew that hybrid console idea was bad (too heavy for portable, too weak for home), but I'm surprised they threw in the towel so soon.



  • @ffff0 said in Nintendo Switch Lite:

    I knew that hybrid console idea was bad (too heavy for portable, too weak for home), but I'm surprised they threw in the towel so soon.
    Is that why it selling so well?



  • @danjin44 Maybe it sells well somewhere, but in my country gaming shops don't accept Switch for trade in (and most of them don't even accept Switch games). If you have other explanation than "no one wants it", please enlighten me.



  • @ffff0 said in Nintendo Switch Lite:

    Maybe it sells well somewhere

    Not "maybe", it's the fastest-selling console ever in most major markets. How can that be a bad idea?

    The Lite model has nothing to do with them giving up on the concept, it's just a way to offer a cheaper option so they can expand their userbase more rapidly, without lowering the price of the OG Switch, which will keep selling too. They're not discontinuing the original model and I would bet anything that the successor to the Switch will be a hybrid too.



  • @ffff0 I think your country is unique to most other countries. Nintendo has treated Russia the same way Microsoft does Japan.

    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/01/feature_nintendo_is_finally_taking_one_of_the_worlds_biggest_countries_seriously

    "only 700 Nintendo 3DS units were sold in the country," Mr. Haddaji said in a 2014 interview. While not quite as shocking, the fact that only 100,000 Wii consoles had been sold in the whole of Russia wasn’t exactly encouraging, either – especially in a country with a population of over 144 million people."



  • @axel said:

    The Lite model has nothing to do with them giving up on the concept

    Well... it kind of does to be honest since they couldn't find a way to make it smaller and cheaper while maintaining what makes the Switch the Switch. People had all kinds of ideas for how they could do that before this was unveiled, and Nintendo instead basically went with "it just doesn't". Sure, the OG Switch will still continue to exist, so Nintendo overall definitely isn't giving up on the concept of the Switch, but specifically concerning the Lite model, they did sort of give up and just make it a handheld that doesn't actually switch. Even though I likely wouldn't have gotten one anyways, it is a bummer that this is all they could think of.

    I mean this thing is $100 less than the OG Switch. Nintendo sells spare Switch Docks for $70+, so this box that doesn't come with one and also doesn't come with things like separate Joycons and HD Rumble and an IR Camera should've really been able to cover the cost of the pricedrop without resorting to "this thing can't dock period". I think we all expected it not to come with it's own dock like the OG SKU, but most people still expected the Switch Lite to be able to switch considering this wasn't a 3DS to 2DS situation where there was a panic around 3D potentially being harmful to young kid's eyes, so it necessitated a system lacking it for those kids. Nothing about the act of switching your Switch is detrimental to kids. That's nothing you can really point to that justifies this new system lacking that core concept of the console family. It isn't that much smaller, and despite not having a kickstand, they've confirmed other controllers can connect to it still.



  • Information for consumers considering Nintendo Switch Lite as a secondary unit

    For those considering Nintendo Switch Lite as the second unit
    We will explain the handling of download software and save data.

    Play downloaded software with multiple consoles
    The software purchased for download can be played on either console as long as the console is linked to the same Nintendo account.
    ※ You can not play download software simultaneously with multiple devices.

    About save data
    You can move saved data between two Nintendo Switches by using "Move saved data" function.
    ※ Some save data can not move

    • If you are a Nintendo Switch Online member, you can synchronize saved data between two Nintendo Switches by using the " Save Data Storage " function. (There are some non-compliant titles.)

    Steps to take after purchasing a second Nintendo Switch unit

    I'll try to update this when I find the equivalent info on an English branch of their site.



  • Again, I’m less offended by the lack of features this has which the Switch Proper does have (HD rumble, detachable joy cons) and more annoyed at the fact they still call this a Switch when it’s not compatible with the current Switch’s out there.

    We’ve been begging for a home console Pokémon for years and now we get one and it looks not much better than Pokémon Let’s Go. Now we know it has to be capable of running on this little guy as well as the regular Switch. Nintendo is kinda abandoning the idea of home console quality but also portable if this Switch Lite is not very powerful.



  • @dipset said:

    We’ve been begging for a home console Pokémon for years and now we get one and it looks not much better than Pokémon Let’s Go. Now we know it has to be capable of running on this little guy as well as the regular Switch. Nintendo is kinda abandoning the idea of home console quality but also portable if this Switch Lite is not very powerful.

    We've known for years now the Nintendo Switch is basically a souped up handheld. The Lite's existence doesn't change that, and it is basically on the same power level, just without additional features.

    Looking at their site made me realize how much of a mess the Lite really is though. Say a consumer buys the Lite, then decides they want to play Super Mario Party. We all know they'll then have to go out and buy a $70 pair of separate Joycons just to do that and of course find a way of propping up their system while they play it like this, because there's no kickstand either. What I didn't consider however is that because Joycons normally charge by railing onto a Switch and the Lite is built so there's nothing to rail onto, that consumer would then realize their new Joycons have no way of charging and would be forced to then go back out yet again and buy a Joycon Charging Grip, just so they could replenish the battery of their Joycons. In total, this makes them spend more than the $100 it would've cost to just get the OG Switch without these problems in the first place. This thing just breeds problems.