my take-away from the announcement was that this is step one in slowly moving people away from the 2DS/3DS line that they are eventually discontinuing.
and while I get the fact that it's a bit more portable (smaller) at a price point that is 2/3s the cost of a normal switch, there are a number factors that gamers (and not parents) will take into account:
- it has a smaller screen (almost 1" smaller diagonally) but supports the same 720p resolution
- no HD rumble, IR camera
- no removable joycons (but has the option to sync with external joycons)
- strictly portable, no tv connection
- no kickstand (probably a good decision, since I think that the one in the original switch was a bit flimsy
- strange choice of initial color options (for the yellow and teal, I'm really surprised that they didn't go with dandelion and teal colors from the gameboy era. yes, the muted colors make the device look a little less child-like, but imo are not very pleasing
the unanswered questions:
- what is the battery life compared to the regular switch (the smaller screen and lack of rumble should increase the life, but by how much?
- in the circuitry completely eliminated that prevents viewing the console on a television or is it simply just not included at the 199 usd MSRP?
and I realise that it's only one game (mario party), but the functionality of using 2 switch lite with the controllers attached kind of defeats the effect that was able to be achieved with the standard switch model