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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Switch Lite Thoughts

First Thoughts: Nintendo Switch Lite | Nintendo | Video Games | Gaming News | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

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Nintendo announced the Switch Lite a week ago, sending the Internet into a frenzy. Granted, we were sure that a “Switch mini” was going to be announced at some point, so seeing the Lite wasn’t too much of a surprise, despite the sudden drop of the news. Upon first glance, I personally got excited at the idea of the Lite, mainly because I found the colors to pretty and… It’s Nintendo. We always buy Nintendo consoles.

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As always, we’re excited about this new addition in the Nintendo Switch family tree, but we also have a few concerns as well. The colors are pretty (we definitely need to get them all) and the design is great – of course, it’s similar to the Switch, just smaller and the Joy-Con don’t detach. I’m excited we’re getting a new mini version of the Switch for two reasons. 1, I enjoy handhelds more than home consoles and 2, we can finally play games together at the same time. For example, we’ll be able to explore the Galar region at the same time.

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We’ve always considered buying a second Switch — which we would have, if money was no object — so we could play other games together, but at this point, we both have an account on the original Switch and about one hundred games, so we always balked at having to “start over” with a second Switch. It would have been nice to have when the Let’s Go Pokemon duo came out, but we made do with taking turns with the Switch whenever we wanted to play our accounts.

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Yes, we’re good sharers (surprisingly). Still, we were planning on saving up and buying a second Switch down the road, but with so many rumors of a “mini” version coming out, we held off. Thankfully, we did. Of course, we’ll probably each get a Switch Lite anyway because… well, why not? They’re pretty and will most likely replace the 3DS/2DS. It actually amazes me at how many people are saying they’re not going to buy the Lite. Because, essentially, it’s the same thing as the Switch and they most likely don’t want to play the same game simultaneously with their sibling.

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Nintendo has stated that support for the 3DS family would not stop, but… I dunno, it certainly seems like the Switch Lite will be the new star of Nintendo’s handheld line. I understand people not wishing to buy the Switch Lite. The original Switch is portable in its own right and, while the Lite boasts a bit more power than the original Switch’s handheld mode, it may not be enough of a difference to warrant people to buy one at $200. It’ll be a good investment for us, even if we just get one because we’ll have more opportunities to play together, even if we need to purchase some games a second time.

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I understand that as well. I do think people who say they’re not going to get it, will end up getting it anyway though. I can’t imagine the Switch Lite not doing well. Also, buying games a second time isn’t really a big deal to us… how many copies of Pokemon do we have? We both have some of the same Zelda games and Mario games as well. On the other hand, how are the profiles and accounts going to work? To my understanding, if I have saved gameplay on our Switch, I can transfer the data to the Switch Lite. Then will all my data on the Switch be erased or just copied? I enjoy handhelds more, but what if there’s a day I just want to lounge on the couch with the game on the big screen? Also, there are games that we’ve played together on your account. So, I suppose I need to play for a few minutes on my account, save, and then the data will transfer over and I’ll have the game on my Lite?

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I actually asked those kinds of questions on our Twitter when the Lite was first announced, getting some discussions going regarding them. Jett, actually, did a lot of research for us, haha! If I understand correctly before the Switch Lite existed, you could have the same account on multiple Switch consoles so you can play with your data on either one, but the first Switch would be your “primary” Switch. I’m guessing it will be similar with the Lite. I was concerned about the family online membership we have between our two accounts, but if the accounts can stretch between consoles, then the online membership should go with them. Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America, has said the same regarding the Switch Lite, but no actual details about the transfers.

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Yes, I remember. But I’m still concerned about it either way. Losing saved game data is no laughing matter. I’m sure they’ll give us more news on that soon enough. I know the handheld will be here in September, but I have a feeling they’ll do a Direct or something in August giving us a tad more info about it. My other concern – well, I guess maybe it’s more of a nit-pick – is the screen. I love handhelds and I adore my DS family plus the Advance SP because they snap shut and I can fit them in my pocket. I’m not going to be able to fit the Switch Lite in my pocket and the screen is going to be out in the open. Of course, the screen on my Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance was the same way, but I feel like they weren’t as fragile back then. Maybe I’m wrong and I just didn’t have the concern back then because 1, I was younger and 2, I didn’t think to have an open or shut handheld was possible. I’m sure there will be plenty of accessories, like a travel case, to go along with the Nintendo Switch Lite (more money, of course), but it’s still something I think about. I don’t want to scratch up my screen or crack it if I drop it.

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Those are completely valid concerns. We’re careful with our hardware anyway, but knowing how sturdy the Switch Lite will be remains to be seen. Remember the issue with the original Switch consoles’ screens getting scratched when they were returned to the dock? Thankfully that hasn’t happened to ours, but I do wonder how scratch-resistant the Switch Lite screens will be. Of course, as you stated, there will most likely be accessories for us to buy, similar to cell phones these days — you need a cover as well as screen protectors for cell phones, no matter how durable the companies may boast them to be.

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Right, all we can do is wait for more information from Nintendo or just buy it and see for ourselves. Because really, no matter what, we’re going to buy it anyway. It’s Nintendo.

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