Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Nintendo Switch Lite Is Your Next Nintendo Handheld

Nintendo Switch Lite Is Your Next Nintendo Handheld

Nintendo have announced that a brand-new version of their popular Switch console is set to be released later this year, called the Nintendo Switch Lite. The gray model features cyan and magenta buttons, and illustrations of the two legendary Pokemon from the game. It has no kickstand and does not support video output to a TV.

It's set to cost a little cheaper, with a $199 price point announced for the USA (at the time of writing, a United Kingdom price has yet to be confirmed) and will come in Yellow, Grey and Turquoise colours. Switch Lite has the same 32GB of built-in storage, a MicroSD card slot for expandable storage, identical volume button layout, a headphone port and USB-C for charging. Instead, the Switch Lite is purely for mobile gaming.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will start selling on 20 September along with the release of Link's Awakening.


Nintendo told The Verge there aren't any performance differences between the Switch and Switch Lite, and you can use the same accessories for both of them, including the Joy-Con controllers, Switch Pro Controller, and the Poke Ball Plus. "More to come on there, but that is the intention".

Battery life The Switch Lite battery life is supposedly around 7 hours (the same as the Nintendo Switch), so it might not be incredible for long journeys, but it still should be useful for your daily commute. You can not connect the system to the dock. As a result, some games such as 1-2 Switch will require pairing seperate Joy-Cons in order to be played. In the official press release, Nintendo mention that "some games will have restrictions", but give no details as to what they'll include.

"It's also considerably smaller (3.6" high, 8.2" long, .55" deep as opposed to 4" high, 9.4" long, .55" deep) and lighter (.61 lbs against.88 lbs) than its predecessor. Given that the device is purely handheld, the Joy-Cons are no longer detachable and will not feature IR motion sensors and rumble. Nintendo says that it will clearly mark games in retail packaging and online.

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