Nintendo finally announced what a lot of people guessed was coming along: the Nintendo Switch Lite. An honest-to-goodness budget version of the popular console/portable for $200. While the idea of a budget version without some of the major features like console docking, the detachable controllers, IR sensors, and rumble is a bit frustrating; it’s hard to argue with the price tag. Considering that Nintendo is retiring the Nintendo 3DS after nearly a decade, it makes sense to bring in a more modestly-priced system to fill the void.
That being said, as I and other Switch-owning friends have mused: it’s a bit weird to get the Switch without some of the core features that make it so resonant. That’s not the end-all-be-all, though. Considering the buy-in for someone who may only want to play portable is now substantially less for someone who may want a cheap system to play the new Pokemon or Legend of Zelda, it’s not a bad trade-off. That the system also still supports controllers is a nice mea culpa from Nintendo to keep the multiplayer aspect breathing. Considering that most games support the handheld mode, there shouldn’t be major issues aside from the graphics gap between the two systems.
Hopefully, this precedes an upgraded version of the Switch (i.e. a PS4 Pro type update), because while it is nice to get a budgeted version, it’d be awesome to get a 4K version. All things considered though: that Nintendo is willing to experiment with the Switch suggests good things in the future for the system. Hopefully that means we’ll get more games of the experimental tier that the 3DS was getting, but…one step at a time.
The Nintendo Switch Lite releases on September 20, 2019. Will you be picking it up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!