It’s been a little over two years since Nintendo released their handheld/console hybrid, and over the course of that two years, over 34 million Switch units have been sold. It was only a matter of time before Nintendo announced a new iteration of the revolutionary console, but unfortunately, it might not be the one we wanted with the Nintendo Switch Lite.
According to Doug Bowser, the Nintendo Switch Lite isn’t meant to replace the Nintendo Switch, and instead is meant to complement its big brother. This is because the Switch Lite doesn’t do the thing that makes a Switch, well, a Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite only supports portable mode, and won’t be able to be docked to play on a TV. One may think this seems like it is replacing the Nintendo 3DS, but that handheld also hasn’t reached the end of its life cycle yet.
The Switch Lite features a 5.5 inch screen, which is significantly smaller than the 6.2 inch Switch screen, but the USB-C charging port doesn’t support video output, so don’t expect it to work on your current dock at all. With the lack of some features, the Switch Lite is priced to represent, at $199.99. According to Nintendo though, every Switch game will work on the Switch Lite, even though it doesn’t have detachable joycons.
According to Nintendo, the smaller screen means a bit of an increase in battery life, about 25% more in fact. This is a great thing since the Switch’s battery life is on the shorter side. It still hosts traditional Wi-Fi, NFC for Amiibo use, and has 32GB of internal storage for downloads. The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20th alongside Zelda: Link’s Awakening in three different colors. A special edition will launch alongside Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield featuring Zacian and Zamazenta. Check out the announcement trailer below, and stay tuned with us for full coverage around launch time.
Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20, 2019 for $199.99. Preorders currently aren’t available, but are expected soon.