After months of rumors, Nintendo confirmed the Nintendo Switch Lite, a new device designed to play Switch games in handheld mode only. The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches on September 20th for $199, significantly cheaper than the original Switch.
The launch model will be available in three different colors, including yellow, grey, and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers, and playing in handheld mode. The original system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers. The new version drops the TV and tabletop mode, but offers a sleek design and a lower price point.
Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. Many people don’t use the TV dock mode with the original Switch and prefer to use the Switch as a handheld device only, making the Nintendo Switch Lite a perfect option, at a lower price.
The new device can play all games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like “Super Mario Maker 2,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Splatoon 2” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together” via Nintendo Switch Online or local wireless multiplayer.
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