Nintendo Switch Lite: From D-Pads to sharable games, here's what we learned

CNET | 7/10/2019 | Scott Stein
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The Switch Lite doesn't mean the Switch is going away...or the 3DS.

Nintendo's newly unveiled Switch Lite, unlike its established older sibling, forces compromises like the lack of detachable Joy-Cons or ability to connect to a TV, in exchange for its cheaper $200 price tag. The Switch Lite is going truly handheld, a change from the original's big pitch of being able to go back and forth between TV and mobile.

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The Switch Lite marks the first new piece of gaming hardware since the New Nintendo 2DS XL came out in late 2017. It also suggests a new direction for Nintendo, which has successfully fended off the competitive threat of more hardcore games running on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, or more casual titles played on your phone.

But the Switch Lite also raises some questions. For instance, it could potentially replace the aging Nintendo 3DS platform. And does this open the door to more Switch variants (like the long-rumored Pro edition?).

Questions - Doug - Bowser - President - Nintendo

We took these questions to Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of North America. Here's what we learned:

The Switch Lite has changed the four-button array on the left-side controls with a proper plus-shaped d-pad, just like a Nintendo 3DS. It feels a lot better for controlling retro games, but don't expect any Joy-Cons that will add a d-pad anytime soon. Bowser says the Joy-Con's four-button design is made to be versatile in any configuration. "There are no plans, or nothing to announce, in terms of further variations of Joy-Con."

Moment - Nintendo - Switch - Games - Devices

At the moment, Nintendo doesn't make it possible to easily play Switch games on two devices. For instance, if you wanted to buy a non-TV-connected Switch Lite and make it your console, you'd give up playing games on TV with the Switch. But Nintendo may be making it easier to live between...
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