The Nintendo Switch has been a great success for Nintendo. It is only half as powerful as a Microsoft Xbox One and a Sony PlayStation 4 but still sells in huge numbers.
Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console that features three main modes – Docked mode, Tabletop mode, and Handheld mode. Out of these three, the handheld mode in which the gaming console can be played while you’re on the go is the most popular.
Nintendo is aware of the fact that its users love playing videogames anywhere they want. Thus, this prompted the company to announce the brand new Nintendo Switch Lite.
Unlike the Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite cannot be docked or be used as a tabletop console. Instead, it can only be used as a handheld gaming console.
The best part of Nintendo Switch Lite is that the new console plays all the major titles of the original hybrid Switch. Also, it costs just $199 which is $100 less than the original console.
All of these features make the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite a great console to buy in 2019, especially in India. Also, if you’re not yet convinced about buying one, then, here are 5 reasons to convince you otherwise.
5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Nintendo Switch Lite In India
1. Indians Love Mobile Gaming
Indians love smartphone gaming. The ease of playing videogames anywhere you want is a feature that Indian gamers absolutely adore. It is proven as a fact by a recent report which concluded that 24.3% of Indian gamers spent 8 hours or more playing PUBG mobile. The report also concluded that Indians mostly played games early in the morning, probably during their commute and late at night, when they’re about to go to sleep. Smartphone gaming in India wasn’t this big until PUBG Mobile hit the stores, which proves that the Indian gaming market has a demand for quality videogames that can be played while on the move.
It is great news because Nintendo Switch Lite is absolutely the type of console designed to play big AAA games like Doom, Witcher 3 and Wolfenstein when users are on the move. Besides these games, the Switch also has several free-to-play titles like Fortnite and Warframe. These games offer an enhanced experience on the Nintendo Switch Lite owing to the physical buttons that offer a greater level of controls as compared to touch screen controls.
2. Nintendo Switch Lite Will Be The Cheapest Gaming Console In India
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a price tag of $199 which roughly equals Rs 14,000 making it the cheapest and most affordable gaming console in India. Unlike the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One which has a starting price range of Rs 23,000-25,000, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a gaming console that a majority of Indians can easily afford.
One of the best selling smartphones in India, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro costs between Rs 15,000-16,000. So, it is safe to assume that the Nintendo Switch Lite is well under the purchasing power of Indian users.
3. Indians Spend A Lot Of Time During Commute
According to a report, almost all Indians spend an average of 1.5 hours stuck in traffic in cars or public buses. The peak hour congestion in the four major cities of India including Delhi, Banglore. Mumbai and Kolkata are way higher than any city in Asia.
This time can be well utilized by a portable gaming console like the Nintendo Switch Lite, which offers a bright 720p screen and a long-lasting battery life of up to 7 hours. Gaming, as a habit, has also been associated with reducing stress. Thus, it can help people relieve some tension during the traffic congestion and also help in saving billions of dollars which the stress causes annually.
4. Indian Console Gaming Market Is Growing Rapidly
Indians don’t mind paying for software services and gaming as long as the product is value for money. PS4, which recently crossed the 100 million units mark in sales worldwide, is also a huge success in India. Sony claims that almost 7 million Indian users are active on Playstation Plus, a multiplayer service for online play, via their PS4. And the most selling Sony PS4 titles include behemoths like the God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted.
It proves that Indians have an appetite for good quality console games. According to Saurabh Aggarwal (founder of Octro, an Indian videogame company), Indian players are willing to pay for gaming apps, though very selectively.
This selective spending of Indian gamers is primarily due to the low quality of games. This can work in the favor of Nintendo Switch Lite because it has plenty of exclusive titles like Zelda – Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and several more.
Currently, Nintendo only holds 0.81% of the total Indian gaming console market share. This number can easily increase with the launch of an affordable gaming console like the Nintendo Switch Lite.
5. Nintendo Switch Online Service Is More Affordable
Console gaming is a costly affair in India. Not only traditional consoles like Xbox One and PS4 are priced higher, but their annual multiplayer services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live also cost around $60 or Rs 4,200 annually. Nintendo, on the other hand, offers its online service at an ultra-low-cost of $20 or Rs 1,400 per year.
The online service of Nintendo isn’t as great as that of Xbox or PlayStation, but it covers all the basics. Nintendo Switch online service offers exclusive discounts on games, special offers on games, online multiplayer, access to hundreds of exclusive NES titles and cloud save ability.
You don’t get free games every new month but it’s just $20 per year, which is enough to get people started into console gaming.
So there you have it folks, the top 5 reasons why you should buy a Nintendo Switch Lite in India. Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on 20 September 2019 in the US. It is expected to launch in India around the same time.