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Nintendo Switch Lite Joins The Family This September

Nintendo Switch Lite Joins The Family This September
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A new Nintendo Switch console is joining the family later this year, a dedicated handheld console called Nintendo Switch Lite. In a short video this morning, Nintendo highlighted some of the features, as well as what makes it different from its original counterpart.

A Dedicated Handheld

Nintendo Switch Lite

The biggest difference for Nintendo Switch Lite is that it is a dedicated handheld console⁠—that means it won’t be able to utilize the dock or connect to your home TV in any way. Because it does not connect to your TV, it is only compatible with games that are playable in Handheld mode. You can check the back of the case for individual games to ensure that it will be playable with the new console. For games that require Joy-Con controllers detached, like 1-2 Switch, you’ll have the ability to wirelessly pair Joy-Con controllers to the system.

The system will still support local wireless play and online play with Nintendo Switch Online, so you can pair your Nintendo Switch systems up with friends and play together, regardless of your location.

New Design

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch

Because of its portable nature, it is smaller and lighter than the original. Nintendo Switch Lite weighs approximately 0.61 lbs as opposed to the original Nintendo Switch, which weighs in at 0.88 lbs with Joy-Con attached. The screen is also a bit smaller, measuring 5.5” as opposed to the 6.2” display of the original. And, because it’s meant to be taken on-the-go, the battery life has also been increased slightly. You can expect anywhere from 3-7 hours on a single charge with Nintendo Switch Lite as compared to the original Nintendo Switch’s 2.5-6.5 hours. There is also no kickstand on the back, as it does not support Tabletop mode.

Nintendo Switch Lite has also been reconfigured a bit to accommodate the smaller size. The Joy-Con controllers are not detachable from the system. Instead, a dedicated D-Pad has been implemented on the bottom left-hand side. There is also no IR Motion Camera on the bottom right side, and the system does not include HD Rumble.

There are also three colors available for the system: yellow, gray, and turquoise. A limited-edition Pokemon Sword and Shield edition featuring the new legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta was also announced, sporting cyan-colored controls on the left side and magenta on the right.

Release Information

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite will be available on September 20, 2019, and will retail for $199.99. This will include the system as well as an AC adapter to charge. No dock or HDMI cable will be included as, again, it does not connect to the TV.

Are you looking forward to the new Nintendo Switch Lite? Let us know your thoughts below, and for all your other Nintendo news, stay tuned to Mammoth Gamers.

My name is Matthew Adler. I am a Freelance Video Game Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element: A Gaming Podcast. In Your Element is a general gaming podcast with an emphasis on indie games. I feature a variety of different guests each week for discussion around specific topics. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast services!