It’s true that my Nintendo fandom has worn thin with time. In 2013, I lightly considered getting a 2DS, but I just wasn’t in a mobile gaming mindset. I’ve watched as the Nintendo Switch has slowly but surely won over the hearts and minds of gamers since its 2017 release, but I’ve only watched. I tried to get back into the swing of things early this year with playing Breath of the Wild on our oft-ignored Wii U, but even that stalled. While a small part of me would like to rekindle something with that famous princess and plumber, at least, it’s still hard for me to want to fork over the cash both for a Switch and its games. Not only do I have too much to play as is, but where the heck would I put it? Next to our lonely Wii U to gather up some of its dust? It’s just not worth it.
Enter in the recent announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite, however, and I’m…intrigued.
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For one, with the NS Lite I could see myself getting back into mobile gaming since have a more decent commute than I once did. And two, the NS Lite doesn’t require a TV connection, which is wonderful considering the overall lack of HDMI ports when it comes to our TVs. As well, it seems that most of the Switch’s current library will playable on the Lite; I get that checking game boxes (physically or virtually) to make sure they support handheld play will be a thing. I’m certainly not worried about the lack of a rumble feature, motion controls, or support for some multiplayer games. I also like that the NS Lite is a single unit – no joycons to worry about attaching, or losing, or not connecting properly.
On the downside, the battery life, listed at 3-7 hours versus the Switch’s 2.5-6.5 hours, is fine but not fantastic. I could see myself getting a little annoyed at having to stop to recharge the unit in the midst of the lengthy session or at a less-than-suitable moment during a tough game. Getting an NS Lite would also mean that I’d have to re-commit to a new gaming ecosystem. I hold some guilt for not making the most of my Wii U, and I’d really hate for the initial NS Lite love hangover to end with me abandoning it after just a few months. (Considering that I’d mostly be playing on-the-go, this may be an unfounded concern, but still…that Wii U guilt is steadfast.) I’m also not sure that I’m ready to start building up a new physical game library, as there’s no indication that we’ll be able to download games onto the NS Lite. This hearkens back to the days of the Nintendo DS and seems like a step backwards? No specs have been released yet for the hardware, so maybe this is a wait-and-see issue.
I have plenty of time to weight my personal pros and cons before the Nintendo Switch Lite makes its debut in late September. For now, I’m pretty keen on this little magical mobile gaming device. In the meantime, maybe I’ll take another look at the Switch’s library to see all that I’ve been missing.
(Side note: Looks like the world could soon see an improved version of the Switch with longer battery life? Boy, howdy!)
Lede image captured from Nintendo Switch Lite – Official Site © Nintendo