We’ve heard the rumors about a cheaper Nintendo Switch model for awhile now but this morning Nintendo finally announced what is to be called the Nintendo Switch Lite.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode and thus cannot be docked to the TV at all. The system will launch on September 20 for $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise. There will also be a carrying case and screen protector set for the Nintendo Switch Lite on that day as well.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.
Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.
The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online** or local wireless multiplayer***.
In terms of specs the Switch Lite will feature a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 720p. This is down slightly from the 6.2-inch screen on the normal Nintendo Switch model. It will still have 32GB of internal storage space and feature support for MicroSD to add more space if you need it. It also apparently features a more efficient processor that should improve the batter life 20-30%. The heat vents found on the top of the console are also smaller when compared to the original.
Nintendo also has plans to release a special Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition alongside the release of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on November 8. It will be priced at $199.99 as well and feature a gray color with cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two legendary Pokemon from the game.