Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite: Does the New Beat the Old?

The original Nintendo Switch (Left) vs Switch Lite (Right)

The original Nintendo Switch (Left) vs Switch Lite (Right)

Logan Busbee, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Since Nintendo first burst onto the video game console market in 1985 with the Nintendo Entertainment System, it’s been a household name. Its most recent console, the Nintendo Switch, released in 2017, seen by many as not only one of Nintendo’s greatest consoles, but one of the greatest video game consoles in general. With that new found success, it was obvious Nintendo would release an updated version of the system, and that came this year in the form of the Nintendo Switch Lite. But does the new system beat the old? 

One of the main features of the original Switch was how it had the power of a home console and can be played on the TV, but it could also be used as a portable device and be taken on the go. However, the Switch Lite removed the ability to play on the TV, and is an entirely portable console. This change drops the cost down to $200, but it also loses other features.

For example, the Switch Lite doesn’t come with a dock to the TV, and the controllers aren’t able to be detached like on the original model. The Switch Lite is also smaller at 3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches as compared to the original’s dimensions of 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches. But the Switch Lite does have an improvement in battery, from a time of 3-7 hours, compared to the original’s 2.5-6.5 hours. 

The choice of which Switch is better comes down to what you’re looking for. If you want a kid-friendly console, only care about portable gaming, or are looking for a cheaper option, then the Switch Lite is the better choice. However, the original Switch is better in all other regards. It’s the more powerful device, it can be played portably or on TV, and the controllers can be detached to be used by multiple people. While it costs $100 more, the original Switch ends up being the more versatile console for more serious gaming.