Nintendo Switch Lite hands-on – it’s light but it doesn’t switch

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GameCentral will get get to play Nintendo’s new handheld-only model of the Change and sees the way it stacks up in comparison with the unique model.

It was all the time apparent that the launch model of the Change wouldn’t be the one mannequin Nintendo produced, and most of the people guessed a very long time in the past handheld-only model was inevitable.

In addition they predicted a extra highly effective ‘Switch Pro’ and whereas there’s been no signal of that to this point the Change Lite is actual, and we’ve used it.

Introduced again in July, the Change Lite might be launched on 20 September for round £200, in comparison with the £280 that the unique Change often goes for. The minimize in worth is clearly the primary attraction however it does come at a value.

What’s Nintendo Change Lite?

The Change Lite is just about precisely what it seems to be: a barely shrunken down model of the unique mannequin that works solely as a handheld console.

The precise dimensions are listed under however a fast look on the photographs present that the Change Lite is a number of inches smaller than the unique, together with the display screen measurement which has dropped from 6.2 inches to five.5 inches.

There are additionally no Pleasure-Cons, so the controls are now not removable, however Nintendo has added a correct D-Pad the place the left set of face buttons was once.

The Change Lite can not use the dock of the unique mannequin and so doesn’t hook up with your TV. It doesn’t actually have a kickstand, so it will probably’t be utilized in tabletop mode both.

Nintendo Change Lite video games

Internally, the Change Lite is nearly precisely the identical as the unique Change. Technically it has a brand new processor, however it’s solely a small improve and is designed primarily to be extra environment friendly and no more highly effective.

Meaning the entire present Change video games will work on the Change Lite and there are none which are unique to both mannequin.

Nonetheless, as a result of the Change Lite doesn’t work in tabletop or docked mode that does imply there are a number of video games that gained’t work with the Change Lite out of the field, as a result of they want Pleasure-Cons.

Essentially the most excessive profile of those are 1-2-Change and Snipperclips however the Change Lite is appropriate with all present Change equipment (together with the Professional Controller) so you possibly can play these sport through the use of another person’s Pleasure-Cons. Though that’s going to be fairly awkward until you place the Change Lite in some form of stand first.

All of this yr’s massive identify video games work with none drawback on the Change Lite although, together with the latest Astral Chain and the upcoming Zelda: Hyperlink’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion three, and Pokémon Sword/Protect.

Pokémon Sword/Protect is especially effectively suited to the Change Lite, for the reason that video games have beforehand solely appeared on transportable codecs, which is why there’s a particular restricted version model to tie-in to the sport. You may also anticipate loads of bundles the nearer we get to Christmas.

What’s the Nintendo Change Lite wish to play?

At Gamescom final week we obtained to play with a Change Lite (the gray one, as you possibly can see within the photographs) for about 40 minutes, on Zelda: Hyperlink’s Awakening, Tremendous Mario Maker 2, and Mario Kart eight Deluxe.

Nintendo often is aware of what they’re doing with portables however we had been a bit apprehensive that that the Change Lite may be a bit too gentle, which might be off-putting once you’re enjoying it, however it really feels just about good.

The again of the Change Lite, with the little ridges below the ZL and ZR shoulder buttons, is simply the identical as on the common mannequin, making it very straightforward to carry and permitting it to sink into your palms as you maintain it.

Other than the D-pad the entire controls really feel precisely the identical as the unique mannequin, so don’t anticipate any main change there, however not less than the Change Lite shouldn’t undergo from the Pleasure-Con drift drawback.

Given its transportable origins Hyperlink’s Awakening works significantly effectively, whereas Tremendous Mario Maker 2 gave us an excuse to make use of the D-pad on some pre-made platform ranges from the story mode.

It’s undoubtedly higher than utilizing the 4 round buttons on the Pleasure-Con and basically the identical because the Professional Controller, which additionally has a D-pad.

The ultimate take a look at was on Mario Kart, with the Nintendo rep becoming a member of in a multiplayer sport with us whereas utilizing an unique Change – thereby proving that so far as the video games are involved they’re all the identical console.

Do you have to get a Nintendo Change Lite?

When you settle for what the Change Lite is – a portable-only model of the Change that doesn’t swap to being a house console – it appears to be like and works precisely as you’ll anticipate.

We had been capable of begin utilizing it immediately, as if we’d been doing so for years, and also you’ll be in the identical place whether or not you personal a Change already or not.

The one query with the Change Lite is whether or not it fits your way of life higher than the unique mannequin. If you happen to assume you’d solely ever use the Change as a conveyable anyway then the Change Lite is the plain alternative.

Though many individuals have thought they had been going to make use of the unique mannequin a technique and finally discovered themselves making use of all three of its modes (handheld, tabletop, and docked). However with the Change Lite there isn’t a choice, there’s solely handheld.

Meaning it’s all down to non-public alternative, and maybe your financial institution stability, as to which you go for, however should you do desire a portable-only Change then the Change Lite appears to do all the pieces you’d need of it.

Nintendo Change worth and UK launch date

Value: £199.99

Launch date: 20th September 2019

Accessible colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta Version



Change Lite tech specs

Dimension: three.6 inches excessive, eight.2 inches lengthy, and .55 inches deep

Weight: .61 lbs

Display: 5.5 inch LCD/1280×720 decision

Inner storage: 32 GB

Battery life: approx. three to 7 hours



Unique Change tech specs

Dimension: four inches excessive, 9.four inches lengthy, and zero.55 inches deep (with Pleasure-Cons connected)

Weight: .88 lbs (with Pleasure-Cons connected)

Display: 6.2 inch LCD/1280×720 decision

Inner Storage: 32 GB

Battery life: approx. 2.5 to six.5 hours or four.5 to 9 hours for newer mannequin

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