Console Review: Nintendo Switch Lite

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The Nintendo Switch Lite has been out for a month and we’ve figured out ours. When the Switch Lites were first announced, we pretty much knew we were going to get them. We did, however, think about whether or not they were needed, especially since we were concerned with how the save data would work between our original Switch and our Switch Lites. We did eventually figure it out enough to start enjoying our Lites, even if there was a bit of a hiccup when it came to having them delivered.

We pre-ordered the Switch Lites on our own Amazon accounts. Unfortunately, Amazon has been messing up many of my orders all year. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise to me when my Switch Lite never arrived. Kris got hers on September 20, the same day it was released. Mine came a week later after reaching out to Amazon twice. Better late than never, right?


I did wait for Rachel to receive hers so we could open the Switch Lites together. The size of the Lites versus the original Switch weren’t too bad, with the Lite fitting comfortably in both of our hands and the screen being a decent size for handheld gaming, neither of which were very surprising. We turned them on and dived into setting them up, having slight difficulties in connecting with the WiFi because our network extender was apparently tired, and it was absolutely strange to see a blank slate where we were used to seeing… I don’t even know how many games we have on the original Switch.

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I’m pretty sure we have well over 100 games on the Switch and now my Switch Lite has… maybe ten? It certainly is weird to see the lack of games that makes it seem like I don’t own too many games when I do. However, when it came to setting up the Lite, we had to download our saved game data from the cloud. I thought we could do this with every game, but… we can’t.

Yes, if a game cannot have save support through the cloud, we cannot download the data onto our secondary Switches, which is what we’re using the Lites for. While I don’t think there’s too many games that have this restriction, it’s still annoying. The Lite may be easier to carry around due to its smaller size and lighter weight, but there are a few hoops to jump through in order to prepare it for playing. Even still, once you do redownload the games and the save data through the cloud, the Lite likes to be connected to WiFi — or check to see if you’re connected every three hours or so — in order to play. It’s a little difficult to be connected constantly if you’re using it on the go.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
We have well over 100 games on our main Switch and while some of those games were gifts to each other or from other people, we usually go in 50/50 on the games. However, even though we both pay for the games, we usually downloaded them from the eShop of Kris’s profile. So, the majority of those games, I can’t download on my Switch Lite. I don’t know what I’m going to do with that because there are some games I would love to have on the Lite, my own Switch, but would it make sense for me to download it when I could always just pick up the regular Switch and play it on that? As for the wifi… I don’t know why they advertised it as portable if it can’t hold onto the Internet or needs to check it every few hours. I’m looking forward to testing that out in the car when we go away for Thanksgiving.

Yes, for some reason, we heard that the games downloaded from the eShop are “locked” on the primary Switch’s account that bought it. There are a couple of more things regarding that issue that I want to test, but at the moment, it seems like it’s to prevent people from sharing games, which doesn’t make sense. I understand that, to be fair to developers, people should buy their own games rather than share, but if a game was bought for a family, then I do not understand the restriction. I’m hoping there’s a workaround considering that Rachel and I are on the family online plan, but we’ll still have to see regarding that. Despite all that, we are actually enjoying our Lites, even with these hiccups. It’s nice to be able to play our own games at the same time!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Hiccups indeed, though I am happy to finally have an extra console or two so we can play games together. Considering I get a lot of review codes and Kris has been addicted to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, we don’t need to share the Switch to play what we want or need to. Plus, I can’t wait to play Pokemon Sword and Shield together! Something else we need to look out for, though, is that some games aren’t available in Handheld mode. For example, we still can’t play those certain mini-games on Super Mario Party where you connect the Switch consoles together.

Yes, that’s another downside to the Switch Lite. Which is a bit of a shame, as I feel like we’re only talking about the Switch Lite’s cons rather than pros. Granted, I don’t believe the Switch Lite is something that everyone needs. Considering we do both enjoy playing games at the same time, it’s something that we’ve obviously been using, but the constant WiFi, some games missing from the cloud, digital games unable to be shared between Switches and accounts, and some games not having a handheld mode may very well be big deal-breakers for consumers. Not only that, the Switch Lite has only 32 gigabytes of storage, making it necessary for the majority of gamers to invest in SD cards. While those aren’t as expensive as they used to be, it’s an additional cost with the $200 console whose first-party games tend to run at about $60. With all this said, the Switch Lite is being loved in this household, haha!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
That’s fair, we are talking a lot about the cons rather than the pros. However, we’re still enjoying the Lites and I definitely do not regret buying them. While the cons are pretty big, I do think it’s nice to have an extra Switch around that’s $100 cheaper. Even though I can’t play most of the games we already own, I can still use the big Switch. However, there will be some games we may buy two copies of… Stardew Valley, for example. We’d love to play co-op in that game but we can’t because I can’t download it onto my profile. (Also, then two profiles would technically be playing the same copy, so… I understand that one.) Still, the Switch Lite overall is pretty great. I’m enjoying it and have played it a lot.

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