Today’s reveal of the Nintendo Switch Lite introduced an affordable, handheld-only Switch option that will be out this Fall. The system drops on Sept 20 — the same day as Link’s Awakening and just ahead of Pokémon Sword and Shield. A bit smaller than the original model, the Switch Lite launches at $200 in a variety of colors and comes with a D-pad and increased battery life. But it also makes a few sacrifices like dock compatibility (see our full breakdown for more details). For those of us who really enjoy portable mode, and especially for those who still have not bought a Switch, the Lite is a very tempting model. But for others, not so much. Today, I’m asking all of you: are you going to buy a Switch Lite?
Switch Lite: Pros and Joy-cons
Personally, I am quite torn, but I’m leaning against it. I play handheld probably 80% of the time and only dock my Switch when playing multiplayer, so an improved portable experience is a big deal for me. However, we have no way of knowing how convenient it will be to switch between multiple systems. System transfers are coming in some capacity, but they’ve never been Nintendo’s strong suit. If my saves are going to be essentially tied to one console, then a Switch Lite will not do me any favors.
On the other hand, the Lite could be a more comfortable upgrade for handheld play. We are also not getting that D-pad on the original models any time soon. Plus, that blue system is just plain snazzy. If Nintendo lets us seamlessly swap save data between consoles, then I’ll probably be all over this come September.
But that’s enough about me. What about you guys? What’s factoring into your decision? What would make the Switch Lite worth it for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!