Following the success of its Nintendo Switch portable gaming console, which allows players to enjoy games on a small, handheld screen or connect the device to a display for larger-screened gaming, Nintendo has released the Switch Lite, which is designed solely for handheld game play.
Light and compact, the Nintendo Switch Lite is meant for gaming on the go. Thus, it's compact with integrated controls. Smaller than the flagship Nintendo Switch, it does not have a kickstand nor does it support video output to a TV. It also doesn't come with a dock or HDMI cable. Naturally, this means that it can be had at a much lower price.
"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more colour and price point options," says Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. "Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favourite Nintendo Switch games."
The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock; playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers; and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.
The new device can play all games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop. For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users will need to have a device to recharge Joy-Con controllers, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online (which requires a subscription) or local wireless multiplayer.
The Nintendo Switch Lite system will launch on September 20 and sell for an MSRP of US$200. It will come in three colour options: yellow, gray, and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.