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[Video Games]

Will there be a Nintendo Switch 'Lite' ?

I wish Nintendo releases a version of its Switch, without screen, and without the joy-cons !

Yes, I know, you'll tell me this is the basis of the console. I do recognize that Nintendo achieved an amazing work with the Switch, and that it's a concentrate of high technologies and innovation. I also understand the concept, and how this is offering new way to play video games and a new dimension to entertainment.

But personally, I just would like to play Zelda, and Mario in the comfort of my living room, on my FHD TV, that's all. It pisses me to pay for the portability of the Switch, its screen, and its joy-cons, without counting that you need to spend more to get a real control pad (+$80) !

So Mister Nintendo, please, release a simply Switch, with no screen, no joy-con, juts a normal console, with a real pad, and I am sure plenty of people will be happy with too.

by: G-1262


April 03, 2017 (2 years ago)

16 Replies & Comments

Nintendo obviously rushed the release of the Nintendo Switch. The proof is the lack of games available. Most of the games are scheduled for the autumn, the proof that it was the initial release date, which would make more sense.

Why did Nintendo do it ? I am not sure. Maybe they were worried to release it at the same time as the Xbox Scorpio ? I am not sure that the Nintendo Switch is targeting the same public.

By the way, just to say that, for the Holidays, Nintendo will certainly refine the price of its console. Right now, Nintendo wanted to make maximum profits with their day-one fans, which is perfectly understandable. This autumn, I am sure that the price will decrease easily by $50, and you'll certainly get packs like Nintendo Switch + Zelda, or + Mario for the same price as the console alone today. I am even surprised they didn't make a pack with Zelda right away.

So, if you find the price too high for the moment, my recommendation would just be to wait for the holidays, and you'll certainly find a much better deal and Nintendo would have had the time to fi all the little problem here and there.

Now, about a "Lite" version, without screen or joycons. I don't see this happening. It wouldn't make sense, since it's the core of the concept of the Nintendo Switch. Personally, I am not convinced by the portable aspect of the console. I have a hard time imagining people carrying their switch in their pocket or bags, to play in the subway, trains, or outside. We already have smartphones for this. If Nintendo release such verison, then it will only end to be a low end PS4 or Xbox One equivalent, and this wouldn't make sense.

Juts my thoughts,


by: G-1281

Message #1

April 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

I don't think Nintendo ever released lite or refined versions of its consoles, isn't it ? I don't see why they would do it with the Switch.

by: G-1283

Message #2

April 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

The Gameboy, DS, and 3DS had some evolution during their life.


by: G-1284

Message #3

April 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

As long as sales are good (which is the case), there is no reason for Nintendo to release a new version of the Nintendo Switch. May be in a couple of years, when Sony and Microsoft will release their next-gen consoles, Nintendo might refine it a bit, but I doubt they'll remove the mobility component and the joycons, since it's the core of the concept, as said above.

So I wouldn't expect a budget-lite version of the Switch. However, as said, it's highly possible that for the Holidays, Nintendo starts to sale packs. In fact, it's obvious. There will be packs with Zelda, Mario Kart, Mario Odyssey, etc,...


by: G-1300

Message #4

May 03, 2017 (2 years ago)

It might be off-topic, but in all events, it's never a good idea to rush to buy a new console, right at the moment of its release.

Here is why.

Like all "new" electronic products, there is a high probability for there always being problems. Sometimes it's only software issues, which can be fixed with a patch to download. But other times, there can be more or less important hardware issues that the manufacturers didn't detect during the pre-production stages. So my recommendation is to wait a whole year, if possible. That way, you'll avoid facing these problems.

As for video game consoles, the line up is often rather small. Very few games are available at the release of a new console, and the Switch is a good (bad?) example. This is perfectly understandable, as developers need some time to learn how to exploit a new console. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are trying to keep their secrets as long as possible, and as a result, developer kits are available only a few months before a console is released, leaving very little time for developers to do something.

In addition, and along the same line, it takes time before developers succeed to correctly exploit a new console. So first games are never optimized for the new hardware. After a year or two, developers are more capable of taking out the best of the hardware, and to propose better games.

So, I'll summarize what was said above. Wait one year. You'll get a a Switch cheaper than today, certainly with a game. And all problems should be fixed by then. You'll also have a much larger choice of games, and more fun.


by: G-1335

Message #5

May 23, 2017 (2 years ago)

So Mister Nintendo, please, release a simply Switch, with no screen, no joy-con, juts a normal console, with a real pad, and I am sure plenty of people will be happy with too.
You mean to get ride of everything which is making the Switch 🙂

Nintendo cannot (or doesn't want) to compete with Sony and Microsoft when it comes to performances. Nintendo is basing all its strategy on innovation and originality. From this point of view, the Switch is perfectly in line with this.

I don't believe that Nintendo will make radical changes to the Switch. However, there will certainly be revision of the Switch during its life. For example, and improvement of the autonomy, things like that. They are not going to change the dimensions.

I think the Switch is fine the way it is. I was also skeptical at first, but I learned to appreciate it.

My only real concern is about the games, I wish there were more original games.


by: G-1475

Message #6

September 30, 2018 (14 months ago)

Off-topic, but I'm sure Nintendo's next portable console will be a miniaturized version of the Switch ... or maybe Nintendo will simply give up the idea of having two types of consoles and focus only on the switch (this would make sense to me).


by: G-1561

Message #7

October 30, 2018 (13 months ago)

The Switch is a portable console, that you can plug on a TV, this is how I see it.

by: G-1606

Message #8

January 02, 2019 (11 months ago)


I heard that Nintendo is, indeed, preparing a refined version of the Switch. In the other hand, this is obvious. We are in an era where consoles are evolving during their life time.

by: Jabocara

Message #9

February 07, 2019 (10 months ago)

I do not think that the Nintendo Switch needs to be smaller/more compact. To me, it's perfect the way it is. Of-course, if Nintendo can achieve the same, at a lower cost this is interesting 🙂

by: G-1639

Message #10

February 07, 2019 (10 months ago)

Off-topic, is the Nintendo Switch fragile? I held one the other day, at a store, and it was amazing, but at the same time, I kept feeling that I'll drop it, it's so wide and so thin ! Also, can you really take it with you, without risks to scratch the screen?

by: G-1644

Message #11

February 07, 2019 (10 months ago)

It is said (rumor) that Nintendo is preparing two new versions of the Switch. One slightly more powerful, and another one being this time a "lite" version, certainly to replace the Nintendo 3DS.

To me, this would make sense. Even if Nintendo never tried to challenge Sony and Microsoft from a power point of view, a new generation of console is arriving soon, and Nintendo must not stay too far behind, if they want to attract developers and gamers.

As for a lite Siwtch, to replace the Nintendo 3DS, this is obvious to me too. The Switch being an hybrid console, it's clear that it should be the base for the next portable console of Nintendo.

More information will certainly be available during the E3.


by: G-1703

Message #12

April 07, 2019 (8 months ago)

With cloud gaming/streaming, I think the hardware will no longer really matter. In Japan, they have one of the Assassin Creed game "running" on the Switch. In fact, it's not really really on the console itself... So, in a very near future, all what matter will be only the screen quality (for portable consoles like the switch) as well as the quality of the control pad, or input device to be more generic.


by: G-1706

Message #13

April 07, 2019 (8 months ago)

By the way the Switch is thrilling, it's too bad there is not enough game exploiting it.


by: G-1707

Message #14

April 07, 2019 (8 months ago)

The Switch Lite is reality now. Slightly smaller screen, an the joycons are integrated. I am not sure what to think about it. To me, it's more like a replacement for the Nintendo 3DS/2DS series. You loose most of the feature from the motion detection of the joycons.

I am sure it will cause a lot of confusion, especially to new comers.

by: G-1806

Message #15

September 05, 2019 (3 months ago)

Hello guys and gals!

In fact, I think the OP is looking for a Nintendo Switch PRO and not LITE. So the question should be, will there be a Nintendo Switch PRO, like for the XBox One X, or the PS4 PRO. A console, with a more powerful CPU/GPU.

And do not forget the Pro controller! Okay, the Joycons are funny and interesting at first, but, after a while, I miss a "real" control pad. The Joycons feel like toys. I am not criticizing Nintendo, I think it's great to be creative and innovating like them, but, sometimes, it's good to stick with the "old" basis.

by: G-1810

Message #16

September 08, 2019 (3 months ago)

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