Nintendo lightens the load with Switch Lite

Ruben Fields
July 12, 2019

With the Nintendo Switch Lite's reveal, 3DS and 2DS owners are left wondering if support for these systems will end.

The Switch Lite is also getting a different chip layout that's more power-efficient, so it seems like Nintendo is reassessing its hardware two years after the release of the Switch in 2017.

"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more colour and price point options", said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser in a statement. Rumors were going around the internet a while back claiming that Nintendo is going to release a Switch Mini and a Switch Xl.

- Switch Lite has a smaller screen and non-detachable controllers while "New" Switch should have the exact same form factor. The Nintendo Switch has a relatively small screen so a lot of users will be willing to upgrade to a bigger Nintendo Switch XL.

According to official documents filed by Nintendo, the company wants to fit the original Switch design with a new processor and new storage chips.

Nintendo will launch the Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on 20 September for Dollars 199.99.

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The Nintendo Switch Lite colors will be yellow, gray, and turquoise to start.

We're curious, though. Will you get one?

The biggest difference between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Light is that you can't connect the Switch Light to a TV. Because many games require detached joy-cons, the following are unsuitable for the Switch Lite: Labo kits, 1-2 Switch and Super Mario Party.

But it's also a next-generation experiment that will cost you close to $500, and if you have no plans to share your games or dock with a TV, it can be a tad pricey. Logical therefore that to use it, you will need a special set. You'll have to find a way to charge your Joy-Con controllers without the Switch - the Charging Grip could do the job for instance.

Much easier to explain is the console's interface.

Our household has a Nintendo Switch already and I don't really play any video games while away from the house, so I don't know how much use I'll have for this console. This now costs $3.99/£3.49/AU$5.95) a month, $7.99/£6.99/ AU$11.95 for 90 days, or $19.99/£17.99/AU$29.95 per year - while a family plan with eight accounts will set you back $34.99/£31.49/AU$54.95. The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions. Which will you be jumping into?

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