Well surprise surprise...after months of leaks, rumours and denials...The Nintendo Switch Lite exist! Nintendo today announced the Switch Lite, a Switch specifically design for handheld gaming only.
“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.”
With it focusing primarily on handheld gamers some features from the original Switch had to be sacrificed. The biggest being the Lite's inability to 'switch' as there will be no Dock, no HDMI cable and thus no way of connecting it to your TV. Also, there are no Joy-Cons as the Lite will have all of its buttons attached to the base unit. As for screen size, it is a tad smaller at 5.5 inches in comparison the 'OG' Switch being at 6.2 inches. For the difference in weight, the Lite comes in at .62 lbs down from the 'OG' Switch's .88 lbs.
The new Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller and lighter vs the original
On a brighter note, the Lite does comes with the much needed D-pad as well as a longer battery life. It will now last 3-7 hours, a slight improvement over the original's 2.5-6.5 hours. There is also a special edition Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch Lite which will feature legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta on the unit but comes without the game later this year. As for running the actual games, Nintendo says the Nintendo Switch Lite will support "all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions."
The Nintendo Switch Lite releases September 20, 2019 in three different colors (Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise) at a nice introductory price of $200USD. The special edition Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch Lite on the other hand, will launch on the 8th of November for the same price.
For more on Nintendo check out the review roundup on Super Mario Maker 2.
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