The new Nintendo Switch Lite comes with a refined focus on portability and price. Launching September 20th 2019.
The move towards a more handheld oriented device has seen Nintendo remove key features from the revered Nintendo Switch, including the detachable Joy-Con controllers, and the ability to connect the device to a TV.
Thanks to this, the new device sits AU$140 cheaper than its counterpart, priced at AU$329.95. Pre-orders are open now at EB Games.
Speaking with CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said “We believe the two systems will complement each other and coexist in the market,” distinguishing the Lite as a “compact, lightweight, dedicated gaming device.”
Launching in three colors; Yellow, Turquoise, and Grey, plus an additional Pokemon Sword and Shield themed Zacian & Zamazenta Edition (game not included).
The Nintendo Switch Lite ships with a full body color profile, distinguishing itself from its counterpart through style, size, and color.
Replacing the left Joy-Cons buttons with a full D-pad, and –puts glasses on- through my calculations, is over 20% smaller, and 44% lighter than the original Nintendo Switch.
Despite the lack of tabletop and TV mode support, the Nintendo Switch Lite owners can still play games in those modes provided an appropriate wireless controller is used. (Separate Joy-Con, Pro Controller, etc.)
To help distinguish platform support, Nintendo already details the supported play modes of every Switch family title. Therefore any game that supports handheld mode will work on the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Additionally, Nintendo is launching a first-party Nintendo Switch Lite carrying case and screen protector alongside the console, available at AU$29.95 RRP.
See the newly released reveal trailer below for more details;