19 July 2019
It was rumored for quite some time and now out of nowhere, Nintendo has officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite gaming console. It is the lighter version of the flagship Nintendo Switch that was unveiled two years ago. The newer version is smaller in size, lighter to hold, and has more color options.
The most important thing about the Nintendo Switch Lite is that it is strictly meant for handheld gaming. It means you will not be able to connect it with your TV like the flagship offering. This is the reason it has integrated Joy-Con controllers which cannot be detached. It results in a sturdier feel to the hand and makes it easier to carry around. There is no support for the dock station because of the same reason.
The Lite version has a smaller 5.5-inch HD display as compared to the 6.2-inch on the main model. The smaller size is good enough for handheld gaming purposes and also makes it a lot more compact. It is also quite light which proves to be a boon during long gaming sessions. The overall design remains the same except for a few nifty changes here and there. The biggest one is that the left-side directional buttons have been replaced by a traditional D-pad.
Since it is meant for handheld gaming, you will be able to play only those Nintendo Switch titles that support portable gaming. All physical copies do come with a sign to let users know if they support handheld gaming. The team will be adding a similar sign to all digital listings on the Nintendo eShop as well. But even if you end up clicking the buy button on the store, it will show you a warning before you can proceed further. Other features include 32GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC connectivity.
The Nintendo Switch Lite ditches a number of features but that also means it costs cheaper at only $199.99. This is actually $100 cheaper than the flagship offering which will continue to be sold alongside for the same launch price. Nintendo believes that the two consoles will complement each other and it will be up to users to choose which one they want. The Lite version has been released in Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise color variants with the launch date set for September 20, 2019.
There will also be a Pokemon-themed limited edition called Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. It will be available in light gray color option with Pokemon design etched on the back panel. There are no words on the pricing yet but it will be released alongside the Pokemon Sword and Shield game launch.