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What Do You Think to the Nintendo Switch Lite?

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What Do You Think to the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Excellent idea, can't wait to buy one 150 12.71%
 
Good idea, could be better though 346 29.32%
 
Not sure yet, could go either way 92 7.80%
 
Not good, probably won't buy 124 10.51%
 
Awful idea, zero interest 360 30.51%
 
Other 108 9.15%
 
Total:1,180

Good idea, so-so execution, $199 is too much for it,



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How can they still call it switch though?

and it's funny the amount of flak I got years ago when I predicted that this is the direction Nintendo was going. I said the switch is a handheld that's pretending to be a home console. I also said the switch is the successor to the 3ds and should be considered as a handheld first. 

now this happens. Nintendo actually stripped functionality from the device....

Last edited by Intrinsic - on 13 July 2019

I love it. My normal Switch will probably stay in its dock most of the times and on the go I would take my Switch lite with me.

But for that to work seamless, Nintendo Online should guarantee that all save games are synced automatically on both devices when there is an internet connection.



I still think it's a bad idea... not just having a Lite version now, but because you are selling an inferior version - and not just a little inferior product.

Nintendo didn't need a portable version of the console. Specially not now.
They are risking confusing people (like they did with Wii U) and leaving a sour taste on consumer's mouths. Not to mention that the old "play anywhere, etc, etc", that will still exist, will make people think twice on buying a handheld when they already have that with the regular Switch. That and the fact that some things aren't possible anymore (HD rumble, IR Motion).

Don't really understand who this is supposed to cater to.

If they wanted a handheld that could play Switch games, they should have done so. It would have been so much better.



Good idea, especially for the Japanese and North American markets. I have no personal interest in it because I like having the option of playing on the TV, but I still think Lite is a good idea and I expect it'll do well.



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DélioPT said:

Don't really understand who this is supposed to cater to.

It ain't THAT hard to understand:

  • handheld gamers who want a lighter and better portable device
  • gamers with a $200 budget who want to play Switch games
  • parents/relatives buying a gift which plays Switch games

Perhaps you'll understand it when sales go up YoY beginning September 20th



personally? not at all interested, I want a significantly more powerful switch (so that I can play games like Xeno2 with a good resolution), but Nintendo has never given me what I wish for, so meh, I'm used to it, I guess I'm just not part of their target audience
from a business perspective? good idea, it's going to move some serious units.



Conina said:
DélioPT said:

Don't really understand who this is supposed to cater to.

It ain't THAT hard to understand:

  • handheld gamers who want a lighter and better portable device
  • gamers with a $200 budget who want to play Switch games
  • parents/relatives buying a gift which plays Switch games

Perhaps you'll understand it when sales go up YoY beginning September 20th

And the original Switch wasn't going to be bought by the majority of those segments?
The sales pace of Switch and strong appeal seem to indicate it would.

The only part of what you mention that could, in my eyes, be seen as relevant - as in, to cater to - would be the dads and relatives. But even then you could the price of the original Switch by 50$ or add some games to increase the value.

That's why i ask: why bring this Switchless console to the market now when the original is still selling well and has enough appeal?

I still don't get why they needed this console.



Intrinsic said:

How can they still call it switch though?

and it's funny the amount of flak I got years ago when I predicted that this is the direction Nintendo was going. I said the switch is a handheld that's pretending to be a home console. I also said the switch is the successor to the 3ds and should be considered as a handheld first. 

now this happens. Nintendo actually stripped functionality from the device....

If they happen to release a $199 Switch micro console with a pair of Joy-Cons next year would it still be a handheld disguised as a console or would it simply be that they are releasing different versions of Switch that cater to more specific demographics?



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DélioPT said:
Conina said:

It ain't THAT hard to understand:

  • handheld gamers who want a lighter and better portable device
  • gamers with a $200 budget who want to play Switch games
  • parents/relatives buying a gift which plays Switch games

Perhaps you'll understand it when sales go up YoY beginning September 20th

And the original Switch wasn't going to be bought by the majority of those segments?
The sales pace of Switch and strong appeal seem to indicate it would.

Some of the handheld gamers bought or were going to buy the original Switch, others wouldn't for different reasons (too clunky on the go, waste of money for features they don't want/need). We don't know which of these two groups are the majority.

Most price conscious people who set themselves a budget for buying a Switch (for themselves or as a gift) would just wait longer until their chosen price is reached. If they wait longer to buy the hardware, they will probably also buy less games for that system in the long run. Since most of the money is made by selling software, it is in Nintendo's interest to boost the hardware base as fast as possible. 

The sales pace of Switch is good, but of course it can be much better.

DélioPT said:

The only part of what you mention that could, in my eyes, be seen as relevant - as in, to cater to - would be the dads and relatives. But even then you could the price of the original Switch by 50$ or add some games to increase the value.

By lowering the price of the original Switch by $50 they wouldn't reach the people with a $200 budget.

They would also lower their profit margin for the Switch by $50.

The production costs of the Switch Lite are probably much lower than the production costs of the original Switch: no Joy-Cons (including separate batteries + HD rumble), no dock, smaller battery, smaller display...

By selling an entry model with less features & less production costs they can keep their profit margins high.

DélioPT said:

I still don't get why they needed this console.

To reach different target groups with different models. Almost every other company does that (Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung...); Nintendo did that too with different DS and 3DS models.

It's really not that hard to understand.