One yr in the past the portable-only Nintendo Change Lite stole my coronary heart with it’s enjoyable colours, compact design and palatable price ticket. I adored it a lot I even wrote an animated column on why the Change Lite is the gaming console I’ve been ready for.
However that was after just a few weeks of toting Nintendo’s transportable console round on my day by day commute. Now, a number of months into working at house, my relationship with this cute yellow system appears a bit of bit completely different. The on-go-lifestyle I as soon as led is just about non-existent, and I discover myself sitting in entrance of a TV with my household extra typically than I might’ve anticipated.
So sure, there are occasions once I want I had the common ‘ole Nintendo Change (it was near-impossible to seek out within the spring), and the reason why the Change Lite isn’t the faultless gadget I as soon as deemed it. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a superb entry-level gaming system and that shouldn’t be disregarded in conversations evaluating consoles, as exhaustive as they’re nowadays.
Right here’s what I really like and hate about Nintendo Change Lite after utilizing it for a yr.
Change Lite remains to be accessible (and reasonably priced)
Some hardcore avid gamers could contemplate the Change a novelty merchandise or perhaps a kids’s system. Nevertheless it has a objective, precisely the one Nintendo positioned it to have: being an accessible console made for a light cellular consumer.
Whereas I’m not as cellular anymore, I nonetheless respect the Nintendo system and the truth that I’ve a purposeful gaming system for simply $199. The Change Lite hasn’t transformed me to a fully-fledged gamer, but it surely caters to me sufficient that the Xbox Sequence X and PS5 are utterly off my radar. I’m positive the next-gen consoles will make nice vacation items for a lot of, however I’ll take a Nintendo eShop present card as a substitute please. It’ll price my relations a lot much less, anyway.
Nintendo Change has one of the best video games for nostalgia…
As a sucker for nostalgia, attending to play fashionable variations of Pokemon and Tremendous Mario Bros. and extra is sufficient to make me really feel like a child once more. I’ve discovered a number of of one of the best Nintendo Change video games are similar to DS ones I beloved once I was youthful. The Change Lite lets me disappear to 2005 for just a few hours at a time, which I definitely desire to 2020.
Generally, I even get warped even additional again into my childhood. Proper now I’m working by way of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which reimagines the video games I used to play on my dad’s PS2 earlier than I tragically broke it. I one way or the other assume I used to be higher at destroying packing containers once I was 6 than I’m now (I actually destroyed that box-shaped PlayStation), but it surely’s precisely the escape I would like on occasion.
…However I want extra video games had been accessible
Within the timeless phrases of rapper JaRule, I felt hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hoodwinked and led astray once I realized not each recreation I wished to play would arrive for Nintendo Change. Once more, novice gamer right here. Whereas there are sufficient titles to maintain me glad, I’m restricted in terms of some new releases like Crash Bandicoot four: It’s About Time, for instance.
I see the compatibility profit to proudly owning a number of consoles, however as I defined that’s not likely an choice for me, so I’ll simply be taught to let this one go. Apart from, I’ve a behavior of leaving video games unfinished, so I shouldn’t complain about wanting extra video games once I haven’t accomplished those I already personal.
The battery life remains to be a drag, however at the very least I’m at all times close to a charger
My largest grievance with the Change Lite is its dismal battery life. I’m spoiled by Bluetooth earbuds, an e-reader and iPhone that final at the very least a day’s value of actions earlier than needing juice. The Change Lite, however, will get lower than four hours of recreation time. If my commute was significantly gradual one morning, I’d discover my Change Lite dying earlier than I make it house at evening. As a cellular system, it ought to have higher stamina.
However, once more, I’m not cellular anymore. I play my Change Lite virtually solely in mattress, the place a charger isn’t additional than an arm’s attain (or maybe a hang-off-the-side-of-the-bed’s attain) away. On this sense, I would say the pandemic is one of the best factor that might’ve occurred for the Change Lite.
Do I miss lengthy commutes? Probably not. However I do miss pulling out my Change Lite on the prepare and disappearing to Koholint Island for a pair hours. Fortunately, this yr retains on delivering excuses to flee actuality — besides now I can do it from the consolation of my house as a substitute of on crowded public transportation.