Nintendo confirms portable-only, $200 "Switch Lite" for September


According to Nintendo, you can expect to be able to power through four hours of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before you'll need to find a charger, compared to three hours on the original, pricier Nintendo Switch. Nintendo says that the Switch Lite is also smaller than the standard Switch, which should help with portability.

Switch Lite is compatible with all of the Switch video game titles that support handheld mode. The controllers are part of the device so can no longer removed, and the standard versions will come in yellow, grey, or turquoise. On November 8, Nintendo will launch two limited edition Switch Lite consoles - one for Zacian, and one for Zamazenta - to celebrate the new Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

The good thing is that Nintendo will point out games' compatibility for the Lite model on the back of game packaging and on the Nintendo eStore.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20, 2019 and cost $199.99 (roughly £160 or AU$290). Due to the difference in size and lack of detachable Joy-Con controllers, it won't support the company's range of Labo peripherals. The dock could have been sold separately as an accessory for Switch Lite users.

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. It also does away with HD rumble and IR sensors from the controllers that bring incompatibility issues with several games.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers to the device.

All you get in the box is the system and an AC adapter. Just make sure you have time to play all of the new games you're going to buy!

The regular Switch dimensions, with Joy-Cons attached, is 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm.