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

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

"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options", said Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser in a statement.

Because it integrates the controls into the body of the console, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller package than the the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It seems that battery life has received a bit of a bump, with Nintendo estimating that the Switch Lite can last 3-7 hours depending on the game - with Breath of the Wild specifically, Nintendo says players can expect approximately 4 hours of battery life out of the Switch Lite, whereas that estimate is 3 hours for the Switch.

As the initial excitement from the Switch Lite reveal starts to calm a little, more practical questions start to enter our minds. Priced at only $199 ($100 less than the Switch), it will be available in three colour variants including yellow, grey, and turquoise.

In addition to the three colored versions launching alongside Link's Awakening HD on September 20, Nintendo is also planning a "Zacian and Zamazenta" version, styled after Pokemon Sword and Shield, which will launch alongside those games on November 8. After that though, it's just like using a regular Nintendo Switch.

Every recent Nintendo handheld has come out with a variety of special models with paint jobs that pay homage to Nintendo's biggest games and franchises.

Switch Lite is smaller than its predecessor, with a 5.5-inch touchscreen and weighing in at 0.61 pounds (versus the Switch, which has a 6.2-inch screen and is 0.88 pounds with Joy-Con controllers attached). Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) are required to use these features.

This means Joy-Con features like HD rumble and the IR camera won't be supported directly on the Switch Mini. This version will cost the same as the standard Lite, and won't include the new Pokemon game. You can't connect it to a TV and there's no kickstand for propping it up. The Switch Lite measures 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm and weighs 275g while the Nintendo Switch measures 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm and weights 297g. Nintendo has a neat "Which Nintendo Switch is right for you?" page if you'd like to compare the two directly.

Games will need to have a handheld mode to work, although according to Nintendo, "some games will have restrictions".

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