Get Happier with Nintendo’s New Digs

By Lori Spensieri

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The all new Nintendo Switch Lite is coming out soon! September 20, 2019.

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According to Nintendo.com,

“Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight Nintendo Switch system dedicated to handheld play. With a built-in +Control Pad and a sleek, unibody design, it’s great for on-the-go gaming. Nintendo Switch Lite is compatible with the robust library of Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode. If you’re looking for a gaming system all your own, Nintendo Switch Lite is ready to hit the road whenever you are.”

When you purchase the new Switch Lite, it includes: Nintendo Switch Lite system and Nintendo Switch AC adapter.

Image from Nintendolife.com

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It will be available at these four major retailers of electronics. EB Games, Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon.

It will be available in grey, yellow, and a pretty turquoise. You can guess what my hue of choice is. There is one more option, the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition.

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How Does Switch Lite Compare to Other Hand-help consoles?

  1. Price Point. The Switch Lite is an economic choice as it is $259 CAD.
  2. Play Modes. One play mode is offered; hand-held.
  3. Compatability Modes. The Switch Lite was built to be compatible with the software and games of the original Switch.
  4. Presence of Joy-con controllers. There are no removable Joy-con controllers. In my experience, this is a good thing. Jacob’s joy-cons have fallen off. One of them broke. Keep in mind, more moving parts means more can break.
  5. Docking Capability – The new Switch Lite does not dock as it does not offer Television mode play.
  6. Screen Size and weight. The new Switch Lite is 0.61lbs as compared to 0.88lbs for the original. The size of the Lite’s screen is 5.5inches as compared to 6.2inches. This is measured diagonally therefor the difference is not going to be a big issue.

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Click HERE to see the full specs of those systems.

Nintendo also has a few other hand-held video game systems worth mentioning. Nintendo offers the 2DS and the 3DS game systems. Both systems charge using the same chord which is convenient. The battery life is good. On a full charge, they can each get 2-4 hours of game- play, depending on the game. The games for each system are not fully compatible. Some of the 2DS games can be used in the 3DS although not all of them. It will state directly on the packaging whether a game is compatible with each system. My two boys each have a system.

Jacob (9) fulling engrossed in his Nintendo 3DS.

Jacob is 9 years old. He has the Nintendo 3DS. This system has a price point of $239.99 CAD.

Matthew is 6 years old and he has the Nintendo 2DS. The price of this system is $109.99 CAD. At 6 years old he can easily navigate this system. We are considering upgrading him to a 2DS XL. It is $199.99.

The original Nintendo 2DS. The new Nintendo 2DS XL became available in 2017. It is about $50 more.

Click HERE to see the full specs on the Nintendo 2DS and the Nintendo 3DS.

For a more comprehensive list of the top 5 handheld game systems, check out this article by clicking here.

Last, but certainly not least, in the area of hand-held gaming, we can not leave out the Apple iPad.

The Sony PSP… we can not talk about handheld devices without an honorable mention.

The Sony PSP hand-held gaming system.
Image from Treasureclassified.com

This system is a little older although it was one of the first to offer a multiple purpose approach to give you more bang for your buck.

The PSP doesn’t just play games. It could also play MP3s. It could play movies. Last but not least, it could browse the Internet, view your photos, and even more.

This system was discontinued but I felt the need to mention it as it brought hours and hours of fun to so many.

How before you get too worried about your child being on a video game system 24 hour each day, please take a moment to read this enlightening article by psychology today. Click here. It outlines the cognitive benefits for children when playing video games.

More to come ….

My brother Vincent, is a graphic designer and a major gamer. He is no Ninja but he knows his way around a Nintendo or Sony system. We grew up with the original Nintendo system. You know the one. The one that would not work at times, and you instinctively knew that blowing into the system and along the edge of the game would somehow help.

Do you remember having to blow into the old Nintendo games and console? Apparently that is actually NOT a good practice. Who knew?

I will be discussing gaming with him as this topic does bring happiness and joy to many. Gaming, in the past, was seen as an individual activity that separated people on a social level. Now, children can play multi-player games. They can watch videos together, that feature their favorite gamer and they can play as a team in such games like Fortnite.

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