Today announced Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller version of the console that fully supports portability, sacrificing some of the functions of the first model of the platform.
During the presentation of the console, Yoshiaki Koizumi cautioned that consumers should ensure that games indicate in their description that they are compatible with Portable Mode to work properly.
Portable Mode games are all those that can be played on the current model of the console with the Joy-With coupled to it. There are some games that for their operation require that the controls are uncoupled and there is no other way to play them. Both the boxes of the games and their descriptions in the eShop indicate which modes compatible with the program, so you should pay attention to that section when making a purchase.
If you can not play portable mode can be played on Nintendo Switch Lite, the answer is yes, but you will need to follow some additional steps to enjoy them. First of all, you should have a couple of Joy-Con controls that are sold separately and you should also consider that there is no way to load those controls through the console, so you should purchase an accessory like Joy-Con Grip with integrated battery to provide power to the controls once they are downloaded.
Another detail is that Nintendo Switch Lite does not include support on its back as if it was the first model of the console, you think that when you can not hold the console while you play, you must place it in a stable place or have an external support for that purpose.
Nintendo games that do not include portable mode are the following:
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1-2 Switch It is a proposal designed to demonstrate the hardware of the Joy-With controls like its motion sensors, the infrared camera of the right Joy-Con and the HD vibration. For obvious reasons it is not compatible with the portable mode
Super Mario Party In this game all participants make use of a single Joy-Con and many of its activities involve the use of sensors of movement of controls or vibrations HD.
Fitness Boxing This is a game that works as a training program in which popular melodies are related to box movements. Requires Joy-Con’s motion sensors to function.
Just Dance Ubisoft’s popular dance game records player movements using Joy’s motion sensors -With, that’s why it’s not compatible with portable mode.
Nintendo Labo The different sets of the Nintendo Labo series are not compatible with Nintendo Switch Lite. In addition to the Joy-Con to work, the cardboard toys are designed to fit only the first model of the console.
Compatible games, but with limited features There are, in addition,, other games that use certain functionality when used only in portable mode. For example, playing Pokémon Let’s Go in TV or Semi-Portable mode offers an experience in which the movement sensors of the Joy-With are used to catch the Pokémon imitating the movement of throwing the pokeballs; This experience will be lost in the Nintendo Switch Lite if you do not use external control. Another example is Mario Tennis Aces whose Realistic Mode will not be compatible with the recently announced Nintendo Switch and with it’s cooperative missions that are conditioned to it. The Realistic Moro consists of using Joy-Con to execute movements that imitate the use of a racket.