Nintendo Announces US$199 Nintendo Switch Lite For The Budget Gamer


Simply put, the Switch Lite is created to be a more portable version of the Switch, and as such, it is smaller and lighter than the regular Switch.

The launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite had been rumoured for some time, and now the news is official. Switch Lite also won't connect to TVs. If you're unsure which games include this mode, just look for the "handheld mode" icon on your game's packaging, or on the eShop.

Nintendo will start shipping the new Lite version on September 20 for only US$199.99. There will also be a special edition light gray Switch Lite for Pokémon: Sword and Shield.

No, I'm not here to say Nintendo is doomed or the company is in freefall. The new version is considered as being "dedicated to handheld gaming" and features integrated controls rather than joycons.

You'll still be able to play with other Switch Players via Wireless Play too, so this concern is a moot point if everyone in your group of friends gets one.

"Nintendo Switch Lite supports all Nintendo Switch software that can be played in handheld mode", Ninty explains.

If a game supports Joy-Con functions such as HD rumble, IR Motion Camera and Joy-Con motion sensors, some features will not be available using Nintendo Switch Lite alone as Joy-Con controllers are required to use these features.

Battery life The Switch Lite battery life is supposedly around 7 hours (the same as the Nintendo Switch), so it might not be unbelievable for long journeys, but it still should be useful for your daily commute. Since it's only supposed to be used in handheld mode, the controllers are built into the device itself and aren't removable.

Can tabletop games work? . This lends itself to a modest bump in battery life, going from 2.5-6.5 hours on the regular Switch, to 3-7 hours on the Switch Lite, according to Nintendo. However, some games will have restrictions.

The compact Switch variants opts for a smaller 5.5 inch, 720p display.

What games will Nintendo Switch Lite play?