Switch Lite drift

Alongside The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the Switch Lite released today. A smaller, sleeker, and more budget-friendly option with portable-oriented gamers in mind, the Switch Lite is the key piece in Nintendo’s diabolical plan to transform the system from a “one per household” console into a “one per person” must-have. So are you getting a Switch Lite? If you are on the fence, what will it take for you to pick one up?

Personally, I am quite tempted. I am mesmerized by the snazzy colors available, and almost all of my gaming is done on handhelds nowadays, which the Switch Lite is perfect for. It looks like a more comfortable, more convenient experience for tons of amazing games. However, I have several concerns with the system that prevent me from upgrading (or, uh, sidegrading? It’s a lateral move in many ways.).

For starters, I need to see how the built-in Joy-Con hold up after heavy use. Everyone knows about the OG Switch’s controller drift issues, and those problems will be significantly more annoying on controllers attached to the system. I would also want to see some more uniformity in the differences between handheld performance and docked performance within Switch games. Very often, changes in frame rate, resolution, and even text size can totally skew whether or not a game is even enjoyable in handheld or TV mode.

Finally, I’ll have to get over losing the convenience of having detachable Joy-Con — as a mainly-handheld gamer who loves local multiplayer, the Switch and its tabletop mode have been a gift I never knew I needed, perfect for getting in a quick round of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, if I can become more disciplined in keeping an extra pair of Joy-Con charged, and the drift issues in general prove to be resolved, I could see myself carrying around a Switch Lite before too long.

What about you? What will it take for you to buy a Switch Lite? Sound off in the comments. If you have already grabbed one, let us know what you think!

Andrew Rockett
Reviews Editor at Nintendo Enthusiast. I am a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to watch me tweet about the many old games I love to spend time with.

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