If you are trying to buy a Nintendo Switch at the moment, you have got a lot of searching ahead of you. At so many stores, the standard Nintendo Switch is not available, and while there are likely still a little to be found at the Switch’s standard retail cost, many of the listings you’ll find have asking price of $400 or even $500 as the case may be.
I love the Switch, but it is not worth that much money. As for why the Switch is not available, it’s almost a perfect storm of circumstance that brought us to this period. We knew that stock shortages were coming as early as February when the coronavirus outbreak and recent Chinese quarantines interrupted Nintendo’s supply chain at this time.
Previously, Bloomberg predicted that the stock shortages would start hitting the US and Europe in April after the existing stock had sold through. Unluckily, the major push for self-quarantine and the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons lift the Switch’s sell-through rate, resulting in the stock shortages hitting earlier on than anticipated. There’s no telling when stock will get to normal, so there’s a chance we might not see the Switch at retail for some weeks or even months as the case may be.
Interestingly, the Switch Lite is also still in stock at some retailers. Whereas Amazon is currently sold out of both the standard Switch and Switch Lite, it is restocking the Switch Lite on April 14th (there is no such restock notice for the –standard Switch). GameStop is seemly sold out of the standard Switch, though the turquoise, gray, and yellow Switch Lites all are in stock. The same is true for Best Buy. The standard Switch isn’t available currently online, but the yellow and the gray Switch Lite are available.
Switch vs Switch Lite: What are their difference and similarities?
If you’re bored in self-isolation and you are looking for a way to pass the time, there is no denying that the Switch is a great way to do that. Nintendo has launched several truly stellar games for the console in its three years lifespan so far, and the Switch itself is also a formidable indie machine. The Switch is firmly for pretty much anyone who enjoys Nintendo’s games, though the standard Switch and the Switch Lite are not in any way equal in terms of capability or cost.
The most significant difference b/w the two is that the Switch Lite is a purely handheld console. It does not come with a dock, and it can not output to a TV as the standard Switch can. So, with the Switch Lite, you are losing one of the big selling tactics of the standard Switch yh.
But the screen size is a little bit smaller on the Switch Lite; resolution is the same: 720p. That means that visuals can sometimes look sharper on the Switch Lite more than they do on the standard Switch, which can be a point in the Switch Lite’s favour bj.
Battery life is similar b/w the two models, assuming we are talking about the standard Switch refresh that Nintendo released in August of last year model HAC-001(-01). In my recent review of the Switch Lite, my battery testing was found that the Switch Lite only lasted for around 3.5 hours while playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, when compared to approximately 4.5 hours for the HAC-001(-01) standard Switch. So, while it is true that the Switch Lite does not last quite as long as the standard Switch, that is to be expected given the Switch Lite’s smaller size as the case may be.
Talking of size, the Switch Lite is also much more portable more than the standard Switch is. Clocking in at 3.6 inches long by 8.2 inches wide, the Switch Lite is a bit small than the Switch, which is 4 inches tall by 9.4 inches wide ( the both consoles have the same depth of 0.55 inches). Like I said in my review, that might not seem like a big difference, but once you see them side by side, it is clear that the Switch Lite is a lot smaller. It is also significantly lighter than the standard Switch itself.