The doorway to Animal Crossing is through the Nintendo Switch. The three-year-old game console is impossible to find in stores right now — unless you want to pay a huge premium over its $299 list price — leading many to consider the lower-cost, handheld-only Switch Lite. Which is what I’m playing right now. And my wife, too. And friends. The $199 Switch Lite seems to be everywhere.
- Lower price than the original Switch.
- More sturdy construction.
- Plays tons of great Switch games.
- D-pad helps with retro games.
- No TV docking.
- Controllers don’t detach.
- No rumble/vibration.
- Nintendo’s family account design makes game sharing hard.
Nintendo has always made great gaming handhelds. But the company’s fusion of console and handheld together in the Switch changed the equation, and thehas slowly disappeared from the picture. The Switch platform is your one choice, even if the Lite version is the only one that’s easy to buy right now.
If you just want a great handheld system that can play tons of games, well, really,