Nintendo revealed a brand new Change Lite model of its current-generation console in the present day, which attaches the controllers completely, shrinks the hardware a bit, and provides a contact extra battery life – nevertheless it additionally takes away the ‘Change’ a part of the equation, as a result of you’ll be able to solely use it handheld, as an alternative of hooked up to a TV or as a singular tabletop gaming expertise.
The adjustments principally appear in service of brining the worth down, since it’ll retail for $199 when it goes on sale in September. That’s $100 lower than the unique Change, which is an enormous worth lower and will open up the marketplace for Nintendo to a complete new group of gamers. However it’s additionally a change that appears to remove lots of what made the Change particular, together with the flexibility to plug it right into a TV for a big-screen expertise, or shortly detach the Pleasure-Con controllers for motion-control gaming with rumble suggestions.
Change Lite makes some essential adjustments that I think Nintendo is aware of are reflective of how lots of people truly use the Change, no matter what the aspirational, idealized Change buyer does in Nintendo’s adverts and promo supplies. As talked about, it ought to bump your battery life throughout precise gameplay – it might add an additional hour when taking part in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as an example. And the scale financial savings imply it’s a lot simpler to slide in a bag whenever you head out on a visit.
The brand new redesigned, completely hooked up controllers additionally embrace a correct D-pad on the left as an alternative of the person circle buttons used on the Pleasure-Pad, and the smaller display nonetheless outputs on the similar decision, which suggests issues will look crisper in play.
For me, and possibly for lots of Change customers, the trade-offs made right here are literally enhancements that mirror 90 p.c of my use of the console. I virtually by no means play plugged right into a TV, as an example – and will simply do with out, since principally I try this for one-off celebration recreation use that isn’t actually all that crucial. The controller design with a D-pad is rather more sensible, and I’ve by no means used movement controls with my Change for any recreation. Battery life implies that you most likely don’t must recharge mid-trip on most brief and medium-length journeys, and the scale financial savings implies that once I’m packing and push involves shove, I’m that rather more more likely to take the Change Lite reasonably than go away it at dwelling.
Already, some critics are decrying how this mannequin makes the Change ‘worse’ in virtually each method, however truly I believe it’s simply the alternative – Nintendo could have traded away a few of its trademark quirk with this model, however the result’s one thing rather more akin to how most individuals truly wish to use a console more often than not.