Review Nintendo Switch Lite: the Console That Was Missing

Nintendo Switch Lite is the second console only portable of the Switch family to come on the market. This is not a model designed to replace what is already there, but a completely new hardware that supports Switch and is positioned in a more attractive price range for many users. This takes place in the face of some renunciations in terms of flexibility, compensated by the possibility of being able to exploit all (or almost all) the catalog of titles available for Switch.With the Lite model, Switch renounces all those features that are so well represented by the name of the console itself. Switch Lite does not change, it does not turn into a fixed console if necessary, it does not become a table hybrid that allows you to instantly start a multi player session with your friends – provided you settle for the inconvenient horizontal Joy-Con -, does not dare to venture into daring and experimental ideas like Nintendo Labo or Ring Fit Adventure. Switch Lite is, and always will be, a simple portable console that shares the stock with Switch and the general form factor of the older sister, and makes this feature its main strength. The change of course has allowed Nintendo to make some substantial changes that, in some ways, make the Lite variant even better than the original, at least under some precise points of view.The first concerns without doubt the build quality of the console. The removal of each mobile element allows the adoption of a much more usual and resistant polycarbonate case. It is a single colored body block – available in Turquoise, Yellow and Gray at launch – which favors grip thanks to a satin finish that is almost lightly rubberized to the touch. Switch Lite is held better in the hand, thanks also to the reduced weight – from 398 to 275 grams – which allows you to tackle even the longest gaming sessions with more practicality.

Speaking of vibration, I personally never liked too much the one offered by the single Joy-Con, especially when inserted on the sides of Switch, since these are never solidly anchored to the central body of the console. This means that, in the case of longer vibrations, noise and annoying feedback is produced, caused by micro-movements along the trolley that connects the Joy-Con to the console.

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