I’ve never been a huge gamer, but I’m totally obsessed with my Nintendo Switch Lite. I used to download games or Netflix shows to watch on my commute, but it was taking up all the storage on my phone and would kill my phone battery before I even arrived at the office. There’s just something about playing games on a handheld device which makes me nostalgic about my Game Boy or PSP. (Remember the days!?)
With the Switch Lite, I can play games for hours without getting bored, and it can easily fit into my jacket pocket. I actually already owned the original Switch console and really loved it, but found it was a little too bulky and heavy to carry with me every day (plus my hands would get tired holding onto it). It’s also cheaper than the original system, so you can use that extra cash to buy some games. I also find that it feels more robust than the original, as it’s a solid piece and doesn’t have joy-cons that slide off and on. Plus, unlike the original, the Lite has a D-pad, which gives it a more tactile feel. The battery usually lasts me about three to four hours.
So, should you get the original Switch or Switch Lite? Here’s my recommendation: If you’re going to hook up and dock your Switch to a TV or monitor, the original Switch is for you. It’s probably the best choice for playing multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros. because of the bigger screen and detachable joy-cons. But if you’re like me and will use it exclusively as a handheld device or mostly play single-player games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Untitled Goose Game, I would recommend the Switch Lite. —Sarah Aspler
Get the Nintendo Switch Light from Amazon Canada for $258.97, or get the original Nintendo Switch from Amazon Canada for $393.52.