Value for Money - 88%
Quality - 90%
Look/Feel - 92%
Extra's/Features - 80%
It’s been just over two years since the release of Nintendo’s successful console the Switch. Now they released the Nintendo Switch Lite, as the name implies it is a smaller version that is focused on the handheld mode of the normal Switch console.
The Nintendo Switch Lite comes at a cheaper price than the normal Switch, locally it is priced at R3999 saving you about R2000. The differences between the two are mainly the size and that the Switch Lite only support handheld mode. The Switch Lite is about 3 cm smaller than the normal one and about a 100g lighter. The hardware doesn’t differ but the Switch Lite only goes up to 720p resolution as it does not support the TV/docking mode. Some of the other things you cannot do with the Switch Lite is connect other Joy-Con controllers to it and the system also does not support HR Rumble or IR Motion Camera.
Apart form the above differences the Switch Lite is a smaller version of the normal Switch. The main reason is that the Switch Lite is focussed for gaming on the go. Because of the size, it is better suited for people with smaller hands. When I compared the comfort of holding the Lite between myself and my Wife, she thought the size was better suited for her. For myself the normal Switch is a better fit. The D-pad is also different on the Lite because the Joy-Cons cannot detach, so on the lite it is a cross shape instead of the single 4 buttons.
One thing to note is that you cannot play games on the Switch lite that does not support the handheld like 1,2 Switch. Other than this, the Switch Lite supports all the games from the normal Switch. The Switch Lite is available in three different colours at the moment, Yellow, Grey and Turquoise. It supports the same online features like local wireless and online play.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great alternative version from the normal Switch and is a more affordable option to look at when looking to buy a console for your child or if you are a gamer always on the move. I enjoyed spending time playing on the Switch Lite and it was very easy to setup my existing account on it so I can enjoy all the games I already own on my Nintendo account.