After enjoying a couple of rounds of Mario Kart, I seen that the Switch Lite feels considerably sturdier than its greater sibling. Those completely hooked up controllers go an extended way in direction of making the whole gadget really feel stable. And after all, I did not have the low-level nervousness of worrying about Joy-Cons flying off if I dropped it (one thing that occurred typically with my Switch).
Nintendo was additionally in a position to make the Switch Lite smaller by utilizing a 5.5-inch show, as a substitute of the huge Switch’s 6.2-inch display screen. They’re each 720p shows, however the smaller dimension technically makes the Switch Lite a bit sharper when it comes to pixel density. At first, I used to be fearful that the smaller display screen would make video games much less immersive, however I had no bother diving into lengthy Breath of the Wild and Fire Emblem Three Houses play periods. The display screen itself seems simply as vibrant as the unique Switch, although it is nonetheless robust to see in direct daylight. And its smaller dimension makes tiny textual content a ache. Zelda’s merchandise descriptions have been already arduous to learn on the Switch, and you will actually have to squint to see them on the Lite. In the identify of accessibility alone, it would be good to see builders supply font scaling choices, transferring ahead.
The Switch Lite controls equally to the unique: The two joysticks nonetheless really feel quick and fluid, the 4 buttons on the face are nonetheless a bit too small and stiff and the triggers and prime buttons are much more comfy, since they’re on a smaller case. The main distinction is the directional pad, which is bound to delight followers of traditional 2D video games. It’s easy, correct and easily enjoyable to use. While it isn’t as excellent as the SNES controller’s whereas enjoying Super Mario World, it is definitely miles forward of the four-button setup from the Switch, which was so unhealthy I used to be pressured to change it with a third-party Joy-Con that had an actual D-pad.
The extra I used the Switch Lite, the clearer it grew to become that Nintendo sacrificed usability to make the unique Switch a do-it-all console. Its Joy-Cons have been designed to be used as standalone controllers so you possibly can use them for fast two-player matches. But, to be trustworthy, I can not recall if I’ve ever truly completed that. Alas, the goals of rooftop Switch events from Nintendo’s iconic launch video have been a lie. At the very least, I hope Nintendo makes its personal different Joy-Con with a real directional pad. The Switch Lite (and sure, the Switch Pro Controller) proves it nonetheless is aware of how to make them.
Using the Switch Lite as a secondary console was simpler than I anticipated. While including a brand new consumer, I simply had to signal into my Nintendo Account and re-download my video games. My cloud saves by way of Switch Online did not come over routinely, although. I had to manually obtain these in the settings. I suppose this is smart, because you won’t need to have information for older video games clogging up your treasured storage, however it will have been good to get some alerts from Nintendo.
You’ll even have to watch out about syncing saved information between your consoles. The Switch Lite reliably uploaded my saves to the cloud. But after I tried to play these video games on my unique Switch, I received a warning a few battle, and I had to manually obtain the Switch Lite file to maintain enjoying. It’s an annoying course of to cope with, but it surely’s one thing Xbox One and PlayStation four homeowners may also encounter with a number of methods.