The day we wait for so long finally going to happen. Nintendo just officially announced they will release another new version of Switch this coming September 2019 which they called Nintendo Switch Lite.
It is basically the same old Nintendo Switch but comes with better battery life and smaller size compared to the standard Nintendo Switch. Plus, it could play all Nintendo Switch games that support handheld modes, which I believe almost most of it.
So, are you ready to upgrade? Or should I say, downgrade?
First, let us take a deep look into the specifications of Nintendo Switch Lite. I believe these comparisons are enough to give us the rough ideas about the Nintendo Switch Lite.
As a person who keeps traveling, hearing announcements from Nintendo that they will release a smaller, lighter and yes, more portable Switch makes me jump happily. The ideas of not having to carry my bulky Nintendo Switch just to play Nintendo Switch games anywhere after this really excite me.
However, there are certain issues that make me put a hold to myself and hence choosing not to join the bandwagon to pre-order Nintendo Switch Lite;
i) Game Saves Data Transfer System between Consoles
The targeted customers for Nintendo to sell their Nintendo Switch Lite would fall into these two groups;
- Category 1 – People who still don’t own Nintendo Switch and by lowering the price, this would greatly benefit them to step into Switch big families.
- Category 2 – The existing customer who already owns Nintendo Switch and believes having even more portable Switch will be a great benefit.
The major problem or concern for me is how Nintendo would tackle this kind of problem mainly for those who belong to Category 2 just like me. When I am about to go out and travel, Nintendo Switch Lite definitely will be my first option to be with me for the whole trip.
And when I return home after a week trip, how my save games affect my Nintendo Switch back in my home? Does the save games transfer automatically and I just continue where I left off? Or do I need to sync between the two consoles before continue playing?
All I hope is Nintendo Switch already create a simple solution to this and makes the process easy towards us.
ii) Controller Problem
The Nintendo Switch Lite comes with a controller attached to the consoles permanently and it differs from Nintendo Switch where we have Joy-Con which we can separate the controller from the console completely.
I own three-set of Joy-Con for my Nintendo Switch. Not because I want to have different colors for them or I happen to be Joy-Con’s collector. No, that is not the case. My first and second set of Joy-Con both having a drifting problem. And lucky for me, I can fix the problem just replacing the controller.
Imagine having Nintendo Switch Lite and having the same exact problem. Fixing the controller will consume time and money since to fix the controller, you need to open up the whole consoles just to fix the controller. This whole situation made me remember my love-hate relationship with my 3DS XL consoles which repeatedly have a hinge problem.
Oh, Nintendo! Please don’t repeat this to Nintendo Switch Lite.
I am a big fan of the portable console. And yes, I may not pre-ordering my Nintendo Switch Lite just yet because I want to see how the performance goes and how Nintendo will tackle the issues as above. If it have been resolved and answered by Nintendo, I will be the first one to line up and reward myself with Nintendo Switch Lite.