Nintendo Switch Lite Price and Release Date Announced

Nintendo Switch Lite Price and Release Date Announced

If you've been wanting to get your hands on the Nintendo Switch, but find the system a little out of your price range, you'll be excited to hear that Nintendo has just announced the Switch Lite, a more affordable version of the popular console, coming this fall! 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. As the name suggests, Switch Lite is a smaller, lighter variation of the original Switch.

The Nintendo Switch was a home run for the brand thanks to its overwhelmingly good adoption and versatility as both a traditional and portable gaming console. The Nintendo Switch Lite will release on the 20th of September. The Switch Lite can play any Nintendo Switch game that works in handheld mode.

The Switch Lite is slightly smaller than the original Switch too, the display is 5.5-inches instead of 6.2-inches and the overall dimensions have shrunk a bit to make handheld play a bit more friendly. Nintendo points out that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will yield around 4 hours of gameplay on the Switch Lite (versus 3 hours on the Switch).

Dubbed Switch Lite, Nintendo says its new console is "dedicated to handheld play", which is a really nice way of saying that it doesn't have the trademark detachable controllers and can't be dropped into a dock to beam games onto a HD TV.

The new Nintendo Switch Lite is due to arrive in stores from 20 September, priced from US$199 (approx GBP£160 at today's exchange rate, but we don't have official United Kingdom pricing at hand). It should be noted that Pokémon Sword and Shield won't come pre-loaded in this special edition Nintendo Switch Lite. It comes in three colors: Yellow, turquoise and gray.

Nintendo Switch Lite is 3.6 inches high by 8.2 inches long and 0.55 inches deep.

The new Nintendo Switch Lite supports all current Switch software that can be played in handheld mode, which is nearly all of the titles available. There are no major games that we know of that only support docked/TV play.

As you can see, the system does not look all that different from the Switch. It is built for handheld mode. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

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