One yr in the past the portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite stole my coronary heart with it’s enjoyable colours, compact design and palatable price ticket. I adored it a lot I even wrote an animated column on why the Switch Lite is the gaming console I’ve been waiting for.
However that was after just a few weeks of toting Nintendo’s transportable console round on my day by day commute. Now, a number of months into working at residence, my relationship with this lovely yellow gadget seems to be a bit of bit totally different. The on-go-lifestyle I as soon as led is nearly non-existent, and I discover myself sitting in entrance of a TV with my household extra typically than I may’ve anticipated.
So sure, there are occasions once I want I had the common ‘ole Nintendo Switch (it was near-impossible to find in the spring), and the explanation why the Change Lite isn’t the faultless gadget I as soon as deemed it. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a wonderful entry-level gaming gadget and that shouldn’t be disregarded in conversations evaluating consoles, as exhaustive as they’re nowadays.
Right here’s what I really like and hate about Nintendo Change Lite after utilizing it for a yr.
Change Lite remains to be accessible (and reasonably priced)
Some hardcore players could take into account the Change a novelty merchandise or perhaps a youngsters’s gadget. Nevertheless it has a objective, precisely the one Nintendo positioned it to have: being an accessible console made for a gentle cellular consumer.
Whereas I’m not as cellular anymore, I nonetheless admire the Nintendo system and the truth that I’ve a practical gaming gadget for simply $199. The Change Lite hasn’t transformed me to a fully-fledged gamer, nevertheless it caters to me sufficient that the Xbox Series X and PS5 are utterly off my radar. I’m certain the next-gen consoles will make nice vacation presents for a lot of, however I’ll take a Nintendo eShop present card as an alternative please. It’ll value my relations a lot much less, anyway.
Nintendo Change has the perfect video games for nostalgia…
As a sucker for nostalgia, attending to play fashionable variations of Pokemon and Tremendous Mario Bros. and extra is sufficient to make me really feel like a child once more. I’ve discovered a number of of the best Nintendo Switch games are similar to DS ones I beloved once I was youthful. The Change Lite lets me disappear to 2005 for just a few hours at a time, which I definitely want to 2020.
Generally, I even get warped even additional again into my childhood. Proper now I’m working by the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which reimagines the video games I used to play on my dad’s PS2 earlier than I tragically broke it. I one way or the other assume I used to be higher at destroying containers once I was 6 than I’m now (I actually destroyed that box-shaped PlayStation), nevertheless it’s precisely the escape I want infrequently.
…However I want extra video games had been out there
Within the timeless phrases of rapper JaRule, I felt hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked and led astray once I realized not each recreation I wished to play would arrive for Nintendo Change. Once more, novice gamer right here. Whereas there are sufficient titles to maintain me happy, I’m restricted on the subject of some new releases like Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, for instance.
I see the compatibility profit to proudly owning a number of consoles, however as I defined that’s probably not an possibility for me, so I’ll simply study to let this one go. Moreover, I’ve a behavior of leaving video games unfinished, so I shouldn’t complain about wanting extra video games once I haven’t accomplished those I already personal.
The battery life remains to be a drag, however at the very least I’m at all times close to a charger
My greatest grievance with the Change Lite is its dismal battery life. I’m spoiled by Bluetooth earbuds, an e-reader and iPhone that final at the very least a day’s price of actions earlier than needing juice. The Change Lite, alternatively, will get lower than 4 hours of recreation time. If my commute was notably sluggish one morning, I’d discover my Change Lite dying earlier than I make it residence at evening. As a cellular gadget, it ought to have higher stamina.
However, once more, I’m not cellular anymore. I play my Change Lite nearly completely in mattress, the place a charger is rarely additional than an arm’s attain (or maybe a hang-off-the-side-of-the-bed’s attain) away. On this sense, I might say the pandemic is the perfect factor that might’ve occurred for the Change Lite.
Do I miss lengthy commutes? Not likely. However I do miss pulling out my Change Lite on the prepare and disappearing to Koholint Island for a pair hours. Fortunately, this yr retains on delivering excuses to flee actuality — besides now I can do it from the consolation of my residence as an alternative of on crowded public transportation.