Nintendo Switch Lite review: no longer a switch

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September turned out to be a busy month for Nintendo — the company released not only an updated version of its portable stationary console (which we already wrote about), but also Switch Lite, which irrevocably said goodbye to the stationary component. On the one hand, only what is needed for playing on the go is left in it, on the other hand, not only the “extra” functions in this sense, but also many of the features that made the Switch itself from the Switch fell under the knife. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, take a look at the review of the console from 2017 — everything is there. And now let’s continue.


⇡#One Console, One Script

TV mode? No, you can’t connect to a TV, because the docking station is not included in the kit. And even if it were, then Switch Lite would still not fit into it (we checked). In addition, the system lost the hardware responsible for outputting the signal to an external screen (we did not check this, but other crazy hands have already figured it out).

  Don't do it, it's useless

Don’t do it, it’s useless

Desktop mode? Also no — the «joycons» cannot be unfastened, because they are now part of the ship, and there is no folding stand on the back side. You can, of course, connect the controllers separately, and put a book under the “back”. But this way you will only get an expensive and strange ersatz, because the “joycons” will have to be purchased separately, and the screen has become smaller — 5.5 ”for the Switch Lite versus 6.2” for the Switch.

  But now instead of separate buttons on the left side there is a cross.  True, the XYAB on the right are still the same small and crowded - I want to enlarge them a little and spread them apart

But now instead of separate buttons on the left side there is a cross. True, the XYAB on the right are still the same small and crowded — I want to enlarge them a little and spread them apart

Switch 2019 HAC-001(-01)

Switch Lite HDH-001

TV mode

Yes

Not

Desktop mode

Yes

Not

Handheld Mode

Yes

Yes

JoyCon Functions (HD vibration, IR sensor)

Yes

Not

Gyroscope

Yes

Yes

Claimed battery life

4.5–9 hours

3–7 hours

Price in the World of Nintendo store at the time of publication of the material

22 999 rub.

RUB 16,499

In general, the magical “click” that accompanies the transition of the Switch from one state to another is not provided for in Switch Lite — this is a portable console, and not three in one, like the original thing. And in itself, this is not bad at all, because it is significantly lighter (275 grams versus 398 grams) and slightly more compact (91.1 × 208 × 13.9 mm versus 102 mm × 239 mm × 13.9 mm) of the “older” Switch . Because of this play in transport / in bed / in the toilet / substitute your favorite place very convenient, and the difference in screen sizes only seems important when you compare the two consoles side by side — once you let go of the Switch and walk around with the Switch Lite for a day or two, you forget about it.

Why, then, in the paragraph above is the clause «in itself»? The main problem stems from the Switch itself. Initially, it is not only portable, but also a stationary console! And now Nintendo has two devices with different functionality, but with a single library of games. It smelled of crushing the audience …

  Mini consoles - mini box.  Inside only Switch Lite, charger and instructions.  The 10cm Heavy from Rainbow Six Siege is not included.  Just watching

Mini consoles — mini box. Inside only Switch Lite, charger and instructions. The 10cm Heavy from Rainbow Six Siege is not included. Just watching

⇡#go carefully

Of course, the choice in favor of Switch Lite does not drive you into a reservation where there are no desired exclusives for which the console was bought. Restrictions and inconveniences do not pile up all at once, but arise as you get acquainted with certain games. In ARMS, it is much more convenient to wave your arms in front of the TV, and not try to see something there on a small display from a distance of a couple of meters. Chaos Super Smash Bros. Ultimate becomes more «readable» on large panels. It will also be very interesting to see how the mini version of the console will fit in with the Ring Fit Adventure, where some of the tests require you to pass on the floor. To sculpt it to the ceiling?

The absence of normal «joycons» will also make itself felt. One of the control modes in The World Ends With You is simply excluded. You can no longer use your hands to move objects in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Good luck collecting all the stars in Super Mario Odyssey, where some of the tricks involve swinging the controllers. The ability to unfasten them at any time, put the device on the table with the help of a funny “leg”, lie back in a chair or on a comfortable chair and play your favorite game anywhere — no other console except Switch will provide this. Will not provide and Switch Lite.

  Hoba, look how I can!  But I can not…

Hoba, look how I can! But I can not…

If the buyer is aware of the nuances in these games — and many others we haven’t mentioned — and makes an informed decision to purchase the Switch Lite, then no questions asked. But how is Nintendo going to explain to the rest of the users what project they will not be able to fully play on their mini-console? Far from everyone looks at the labels on the boxes, and the Japanese do not offer another option. Let’s say parents who are far from the topic will buy Switch Lite for their child along with Ring Fit Adventure, but it won’t work corny, because there are no «joycons». Okay, here you can buy an accessory, but in the case of Nintendo Labo, such a feint will not work — this VR kit is imprisoned for the ergonomics of a regular Switch with joycons.

  ... and so I can not

… and so I can not

Moreover, the question remains with the freedom of creativity, because consoles always imply the same input device on all versions. If one of the developers wants to add the obligatory need to wave his arms, correctly fitting it into the gameplay, and then it’s not entirely clear what to do. Will Nintendo allow such a feint with their ears, thereby cutting off Switch Lite owners from the game, or will they force the authors to invent crutches with bicycles specifically for them?

This isn’t the first time Nintendo has removed something from its gadgets. 3DS lost the notorious three-dimensional mode, turning into 2DS, but let’s be honest — almost no one used it. For some reason, the Wii mini was cut out of the Wii mini module, as if it cost incredible money and it changed something. However, all this happened towards the end of the life cycle, when a new generation of consoles was on the nose.

Big N already had an unsuccessful attempt to split its audience into owners of 3DS and New 3DS, but then it could be justified by serious changes in the iron part. Portable huge Xenoblade Chronicles became possible! Now the Japanese company is trying to repeat this trick, but without any significant advantages of the mini version over the regular one. Even in autonomy, Switch Lite is inferior to the updated Switch. This is what Nintendo itself claims, our measurements also confirmed this:

The Legend of Zelda: breath of the Wild

Switch 2019 HAC-001(-01)

Switch Lite HDH-001

Screen brightness 50%

5 o’clock

3 hours 37 minutes

Screen brightness 100%

4 hours 6 minutes

3 hours 1 minute

A trifle, but a shame: for some reason, they also removed automatic screen brightness adjustment from Switch Lite. Is this a premium feature?

If you’re thinking about buying but don’t know what to choose, then here’s our advice — get the 2019 Switch, not the Switch Lite. Not so much the latter is cheaper to justify the absence of everything «cut». Including what made the Switch such a remarkable console.

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