Without the ability to connect it to a TV, there’s less of a reason for gamers to use a wireless gamepad with the new Nintendo Switch Lite. But if you still find the new console too heavy to hold for long periods, 8BitDo’s created a new Switch Lite specific wireless controller that’s as streamlined and optimised for portability as the console itself is.
A teardown of the new Nintendo Switch Lite shared on YouTube revealed the new handheld console’s joysticks are very similar to those used on the original Switch, leading many to speculate that joystick drift could still be a problem.
Designed to match the colours of the yellow or turquoise Switch Lites (those who bought the grey option will have to make do with a little more colour) the 8BitDo Lite controller prioritises portability over functionality with a thin design, and as a result it includes every single button you’ll find on the Lite console, minus the two analogue joysticks.
Players will instead rely on a pair of left and right directional pads, which means the 8BitDo Lite might be better suited to playing the collection of classic 8 and 16-bit games available through Nintendo’s online service, instead of flagship titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The 8BitDo Lite will cost $US25 ($37), and it’s expected to ship on October 30. In addition to the Switch Lite and the original Nintendo Switch, the controller should also work with devices running Windows, macOS and Android. But even with the iOS 13.1 update now out which adds support for PS4 and Xbox One controllers to make Apple Arcade more enjoyable, 8BitDo’s controllers still aren’t iOS-friendly.
Hopefully, that will change soon, as the company makes some of the best tiny controllers on the market.