Nintendo Switch Lite owners might think twice about buying Switch Sports as Nintendo is dissuading those who own the handheld console from purchasing the game.
One online game test for Nintendo Switch Sports is happening this weekend, but an in-app notice says the “Nintendo Switch Sports Online Play Test is not compatible with Nintendo Switch Lite” as noted by Nintendo Life.
The compatibility notice might seem obvious considering the Nintendo Switch Lite cannot be docked to your TV and does not include detachable devices. Joy-Con Controllersbut Nintendo Switch Sports can only be played in TV and Tabletop mode.
So… I’m not allowed to share anything about the game, and I’m not going to get any YouTube videos of idiots trying to bowl with their Switch Lite and flipping it to the TV screen. THANK YOU NINTENDO. pic.twitter.com/SwbMbXXDTTFebruary 16, 2022
To play Nintendo Switch Sports on a Switch Lite, users will need to have a pair of Joy-Con controllers handy and a way to prop the console up, as it doesn’t have a stand. You’ll also have to struggle with being stuck playing the game on a 5.5-inch screen, which isn’t ideal when you’re actively moving around.
For that reason, it seems that Nintendo wants to temper buyers’ expectations. The game will obviously be much more enjoyable when played on a TV, just like Wii Sports was back in the day, but if you really want to play it on the Switch Lite, you can.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has discouraged people from buying certain titles on the Switch Lite. 1-2-Switch, super mario party, Ring-shaped adventureand Nintendo Lab all require separate Joy-Con controllers as they do not support Handheld mode.
Review: Nintendo Switch Lite has its limitations
The Nintendo Switch Lite is the company’s portable version of the Switch. You can’t dock it to play games on a TV and the Joy-Con can’t be removed, which means you’re strictly limited to playing games that support Handheld mode.
The console also has a few other caveats, like no HD Rumble, which is Nintendo’s take on haptic feedback, and a battery life of three to seven hours, which is less than the console’s. Nintendo Switch 2019 Model is the new Nintendo Switch OLED.
Still, the Switch Lite’s smaller form factor and beefier design make it an ideal choice for younger gamers and those who have simply never docked their Switch. It’s a sensible addition to Nintendo’s Switch lineup, though it avoids the hybrid nature of the console that can lead to compatibility issues, as we’re seeing in Nintendo Switch Sports.
Nintendo Switch Sports is due to release on Nintendo Switch on April 29, 2022.
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