Nintendo Switch Lite announced at $199, launches September 20th, "dedicated handheld" (smaller, has D-Pad, has gyro, no HD Rumble, no dock/TV output)

Which colour Nintendo Switch Lite is your favourite?

  • Grey

    Votes: 653 19.6%
  • Yellow

    Votes: 740 22.2%
  • Turquoise

    Votes: 1,199 36.0%
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Edition

    Votes: 737 22.1%

  • Total voters
    3,329

Pooroomoo

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Oct 28, 2017
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Hell, as a single, childless Switch owner, I might even pick one up if sharing saves from system to system isn't a hassle -- I'm weak for good industrial design and games are gonna look fantastic on that high-PPI screen.
Really curious to see how Nintendo handles the account system/eshop once it is increasingly likely that a household will own multiple switch units. I'll probably end up getting one for my son, and I'm sure I'll have to put some thought into how our account(s) are set up.
I'm sorry for not read the whole thread but... we won't be able to have the same account logged in both consoles, right?

Welp... 18 minutes after.
Would be great to have at least 2 switchs with the same account. At least with traditional switch and lite one.
Account sharing is already a thing. I share my account with my daughter's Switch, and we can both play the same game at the same time with separate saves (even multiplayer against each other, as long as it is online multiplayer, not local wireless).

If it's for personal use, it's generally quite seamless (if you have automatic cloud saves enabled), except for a few major games that don't have cloud saves - Splatoon 2, Animal Crossing and Pokemon. For these you would need to do a save transfer, so not entirely seamless (but not the end of the world either). But even for those it seems there may be a solution in the making, according to an interview with Bowser.
 
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Peterc

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Oct 28, 2017
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Can you just pop your Xbox One game discs in a PC and have them work?

But, otherwise, yeah, it's the same idea.

As for ads, their current one seems pretty good. Shows the two platforms and their proper use cases in the ecosystem.


The list is like six titles long:

1-2 Switch
Labo kits 1-4
Super Mario Party

And all of those games will work with a pair of Joy-Con (although the Lite won't fit well with some Labo kits) and iirc they show the required controllers on the box.
They could fix it for super mario party. But i dont like the idea that they zre forcing themself to not bring something Unique. Like special joycons that can do something new or like labo.
 

Pooroomoo

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Oct 28, 2017
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Will Nintendo maybe add the TV feature on a later date?

On the official German page, it says: USB-Port can be used for charging device AND Switch Station:


https://game-dna.de/nintendo-switch/koennte-die-switch-lite-doch-einen-tv-modus-bekommen-33040/

Maybe this is just an error. Or maybe there will be an additional dock in the future...
Could be, then again maybe it means Nintendo Switch station as in some charging station/stand accessory that Nintendo will come out with. It doesn't say TV connection after all...
 

Danstanster

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Oct 25, 2017
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Will Nintendo maybe add the TV feature on a later date?

On the official German page, it says: USB-Port can be used for charging device AND Switch Station:


https://game-dna.de/nintendo-switch/koennte-die-switch-lite-doch-einen-tv-modus-bekommen-33040/

Maybe this is just an error. Or maybe there will be an additional dock in the future...
Probably wait till they aren’t pushing og switch to release switch lite tv support. Prob gonna make the original dock obsolete due to how the switch registers.

Sounds more like they may have just a lite dock series “for switch lite”
 
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I hope this thing can run CFW at some point in the future. Would love to have that thing as my emulation machine on the go, instead of wearing the original Switch around. Also the smaller screen suits better for some oldschool retro action.
 

Daneel_O

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Oct 28, 2017
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Could be, then again maybe it means Nintendo Switch station as in some charging station/stand accessory that Nintendo will come out with. It doesn't say TV connection after all...
Nintendo already provides an official Charging Stand, and I am sure the Lite is compatible with that and any similar third party solution, that's why it still has the pins and the small rail in the back.
 

fester

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Oct 25, 2017
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I dunno. I don’t get the “aimed at kids” marketing part. Nintendo’s official advertising doesn’t feature kids. It features young adults.

The whole "it's just for kids" thing is nonsense. It's for people who are looking to play Switch games on the go. I've traveled thousands and thousands of miles with my 3DS and it's been a perfect portable. I have had no interest in lugging a Switch around with me on international flights and public transit. The Switch Lite finally hits the right notes for me.
 

Rand a. Thor

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Oct 31, 2017
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Will Nintendo maybe add the TV feature on a later date?

On the official German page, it says: USB-Port can be used for charging device AND Switch Station:


https://game-dna.de/nintendo-switch/koennte-die-switch-lite-doch-einen-tv-modus-bekommen-33040/

Maybe this is just an error. Or maybe there will be an additional dock in the future...
While shitty, I do expect them to officially reveal a TV Mode Patch after the OG Switch 2019 refresh. I have a suspicion its gonna release with a smaller more universal dock that will also support the Lite.
 

mescalineeyes

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I'd argue that the TV part is probably not supported because the Lite doesn't have the thermal dissipation required to allow for the higher clock speeds
 

Rand a. Thor

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I'd argue that the TV part is probably not supported because the Lite doesn't have the thermal dissipation required to allow for the higher clock speeds
It has the air vents on the back and the fan is still within the console as its grille is still on top. And there is the actual die shrink which would mean that the cooling is more than enough for handheld mode where the fan would only really be needed for dock mode. Which isn't supported for now.
 

mescalineeyes

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May 12, 2018
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It has the air vents on the back and the fan is still within the console as its grille is still on top. And there is the actual die shrink which would mean that the cooling is more than enough for handheld mode where the fan would only really be needed for dock mode. Which isn't supported for now.
Though it wouldn't look great, they can allow it to run in undocked performance mode on the TV as well.
or you know, if you wanna be cynical, maybe it's an arbitrary restriction so that people keep buying "the big switch" because Nintendo makes more money on a more expensive device.
 

Jam_Sandwich

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Oct 30, 2017
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Though it wouldn't look great, they can allow it to run in undocked performance mode on the TV as well.
or you know, if you wanna be cynical, maybe it's an arbitrary restriction so that people keep buying "the big switch" because Nintendo makes more money on a more expensive device.
It's like you've been around the block a few times and understand how business works

Sod the customer gimme mo' money!

I'm a 95% handheld player myself.
I'd have loved the option of moving to the big screen but running in undocked performance mode just to have that TV out option 5% of the time
 

Rand a. Thor

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or you know, if you wanna be cynical, maybe it's an arbitrary restriction so that people keep buying "the big switch" because Nintendo makes more money on a more expensive device.
Theoretically I would bet more on Nintendo wanting people to not own the Flagship, but eventually own the Lite or something similar and instead have a Switch Home or whatever that the Lite can dock into. Two 250$ devices makes more money than a 300$ flagship do all device.
 

Phendrana

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Oct 26, 2017
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Account sharing is already a thing. I share my account with my daughter's Switch, and we can both play the same game at the same time with separate saves (even multiplayer against each other, as long as it is online multiplayer, not local wireless).
I don't think that's what they meant? I think they're asking if you can play a game on a Switch that is left at home, and then continue the same game (and same save file) on your Switch Lite. That's not possible yet.
Would be great to have at least 2 switchs with the same account. At least with traditional switch and lite one.
Really curious to see how Nintendo handles the account system/eshop once it is increasingly likely that a household will own multiple switch units. I'll probably end up getting one for my son, and I'm sure I'll have to put some thought into how our account(s) are set up.
As above - you can't have the same account logged into multiple Switches, and have the save files sync up between them. And knowing Nintendo, I really doubt that will ever be a thing. And even if they did ever enable it, certain games like Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Splatoon wouldn't work with it.
 

Burbank

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Sep 9, 2018
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or you know, if you wanna be cynical, maybe it's an arbitrary restriction so that people keep buying "the big switch" because Nintendo makes more money on a more expensive device.
But wouldn't a better value proposition also… sell more? And sell more games and accessories?
But I suppose they have run the numbers on that stuff.
 

jts

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Oct 26, 2017
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As above - you can't have the same account logged into multiple Switches, and have the save files sync up between them. And knowing Nintendo, I really doubt that will ever be a thing. And even if they did ever enable it, certain games like Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Splatoon wouldn't work with it.
You can have your account logged into multiple Switches, but only one Switch can be set as the primary. And the secondary ones have limitations such as periodic online checks. As for the saves, there are cloud saves, and for the games that don't support it, there is a save transfer feature that works for every game.
 

khamakazee

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Oct 27, 2017
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$179 would have been a better deal now after I thought about it. They removed the dock station and the Switch controller featuress and the screen is smaller.
 

Phendrana

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You can have your account logged into multiple Switches, but only one Switch can be set as the primary. And the secondary ones have limitations such as periodic online checks. As for the saves, there are cloud saves, and for the games that don't support it, there is a save transfer feature that works for every game.
Yes you can be logged into two systems, but I did specify that you can't have the save files sync between them. And that's what keeps it from being useful. The people I quoted clearly have the idea in mind of having one Switch permanently at home, and taking a Lite on the go. But it's far too inconvenient to have to manually download save files on your second device before leaving for the day. And it's not practical at all to use the save file transfer every time.
 

Pooroomoo

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I don't think that's what they meant? I think they're asking if you can play a game on a Switch that is left at home, and then continue the same game (and same save file) on your Switch Lite. That's not possible yet.

As above - you can't have the same account logged into multiple Switches, and have the save files sync up between them. And knowing Nintendo, I really doubt that will ever be a thing. And even if they did ever enable it, certain games like Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Splatoon wouldn't work with it.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Stop spreading disinformation. While they presently don't "sync", the cloud saves are saved automatically, and you don't need to "manually download save files before leaving for the day"...

As to Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Splatoon, from the cnet interview: "but how games would transfer over is ambiguous; a situation Nintendo is working on clearing up. Speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser says plans are in motion for multi-device solutions. "Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences," Bowser told CNET. "More to come on there, but that is the intention."

Note that this is in addition to the current solutions.
 
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Phendrana

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Wrong, wrong, wrong. Stop spreading disinformation. While they presently don't "sync", the cloud saves are saved automatically, and you don't need to "manually download save files before leaving for the day"...
You would if you were wanting to continue the game on a different Switch, right? I could be wrong (and apologise if I am), but...even NintendoLife don't seem to think it's possible yet:

 

Pooroomoo

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You would if you were wanting to continue the game on a different Switch, right? I could be wrong (and apologise if I am), but...even NintendoLife don't seem to think it's possible yet:

Maybe I misunderstood you - the save files do not download automatically yet, that is correct, but you don't need to download them "before leaving for the day", you can download a save file whenever you want with no need to be near your other Switch. That's what I meant, and in my book that is quite seamless, especially since such a file takes seconds to download.

What Nintendo Life may be referring to is what was said in the Cnet article:
"but how games would transfer over is ambiguous; a situation Nintendo is working on clearing up. Speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser says plans are in motion for multi-device solutions. "Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences," Bowser told CNET. "More to come on there, but that is the intention."
Since the Cnet article acknowledged the current solutions available (account on primary+secondary consoles + cloud saves), in my book this clearly means automatic save syncing plus a solution for the few (albeit prominent) games that don't have cloud saves.

Also, I must say I found it very disingenuous that you quoted my first paragraph (which was about sharing an account with my daughter), saying I didn't address what they asked, when my second paragraph was addressing what they asked...
"If it's for personal use, it's generally quite seamless (if you have automatic cloud saves enabled), except for a few major games that don't have cloud saves - Splatoon 2, Animal Crossing and Pokemon. For these you would need to do a save transfer, so not entirely seamless (but not the end of the world either). But even for those it seems there may be a solution in the making, according to an interview with Bowser. "
 
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Phendrana

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but you don't need to download them "before leaving for the day", you can download a save file whenever you want with no need to be near your other Switch.
Ah. I forget that my experience probably isn't true for most people on this site. Here in Australia, there isn't free wifi on my daily commute. And even connecting the Switch to my phone to download the save file when I'm on the train or something would be awkward as hell, and probably take a good few minutes given how poor my reception is until I get closer to the city. So for me, it would be far easier to just download the new save files on my Lite each morning, and then again on my main unit when I get home at night...but that sounds super inconvenient to me. Ideally Nintendo would implement a better solution where the Switches automatically sync whenever they're on the same network.
 

BlueManifest

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Oct 25, 2017
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So the notification light on the home button of the switch lite will work

I’m thinking this confirms a major update coming before the switch lite releases or the day it releases
 
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GLA

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Aug 5, 2018
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It wont display in 1080p at all due to the low energy revised chip set being used, this helped keep the cost down and improve battery life, just buy the flagship Switch if you need that ability and pay for it
I already have 2 in my household. I can state features that would have made the Lite Switch more of an ON than an OFF for me if I like. I'm not saying the thing will be a flop or is terrible, so put the amiibo back in the pram.
 
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Do we know if they updated the tech behind the analog sticks?
As said in the video, the controls are hardwired now
I already have 2 in my household. I can state features that would have made the Lite Switch more of an ON than an OFF for me if I like. I'm not saying the thing will be a flop or is terrible, so put the amiibo back in the pram.
As a owner of a sole Disney Infinity Nemo figure... chill with your persecution complex
 

Rand a. Thor

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Not gonna lie yeah, despite not wanting a Lite, if they made a SNES Legacy edition in gray with colored face buttons and a giant SNES Logo on the back I would be so in.
 

jts

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Oct 26, 2017
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Not gonna lie yeah, despite not wanting a Lite, if they made a SNES Legacy edition in gray with colored face buttons and a giant SNES Logo on the back I would be so in.
It would also please me, especially because that would also mean Nintendo was finally putting SNES games on the Switch... right? R-right?
 

Draper

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Oct 28, 2017
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Imma sell my OG and get this.

Better build, more portable, cheaper, fun colors, real d-pad, longer battery, probs slightly faster, etc.

Now to decide between the turquoise and the yellow...
 

InRainbows

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Oct 28, 2017
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So this doesn’t dock?

I guess I’m sticking with regular switch because of this single issue.

Dpad is what this has going for it.
 

60fps

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...I didn't realize that the likes of the DS and the PSP had games continuously on discount
DS games were 45 € max. That's handheld pricing.

Switch games cost up to 70.

I wonder if Nintendo will ever make dedicated handheld games again (i.e. smaller scope, smaller pricing). Even Link's Awakening, which is a classic handheld Zelda game, will cost the same as their classic home console titles. If Link's Awakening isn't a handheld game, then what is?
 
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