Nintendo Switch Lite Launched, to Be Available From September 20

Ruben Fields
July 10, 2019

The big picture: The Nintendo Switch Lite is $100 cheaper than the flagship console but lacks a number of features found on the more expensive variant such as TV and tabletop modes. In order to play those on the Switch Lite, gamers would need to buy a set of Joy-Con controllers and wirelessly connect them to the console.

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Lite, the long-rumored mini version of the Switch. If you're unsure which games include this mode, just look for the "handheld mode" icon on your game's packaging, or on the eShop.

The Switch Lite is scheduled to launch on September 20 for $199.99 alongside The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening. The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three colours - gray, turquoise, and yellow - and two special editions for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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That's a fair saving on the launch price of the Nintendo Switch at $299.99 / £279.99 / AU$469.95, and it shows what the Switch Lite is meant to be - an affordable version of the Switch. Since it's only supposed to be used in handheld mode, the controllers are built into the device itself and aren't removable. Nintendo notes that there will be support for all existing Switch titles, although some games will have restrictions. "It's great for people who have lots of opportunities to play outside, and also for anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a flagship Nintendo Switch console".

One very neat addition however is the D-Pad, which will come on every Nintendo Switch Lite. The Switch Lite measures 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm and weighs 275g while the Nintendo Switch measures 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm and weights 297g.

You'll be able to play almost all your Nintendo Switch games on your new Switch Lite - almost, not all. It plays all the same games, but it's not a replacement for the OG Switch. Nintendo says that it will clearly mark games in retail packaging and online.

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