Today Nintendo announced that they are releasing the Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed for play specifically in handheld mode only, and that it will be released on September 20th, 2019 with an MSRP of $199.99.
This handheld only version of the Nintendo Switch will come in three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise and will include a carrying case and screen protector.
Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser explained that, “adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options. Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
Unlike the original Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite can only be played in handheld mode: there is no dock, no output for TV, no HDMI cord, and no kickstand. Instead, the Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated the Joy-Con controllers into the system itself and designed the console to be smaller.
Despite the Nintendo Switch Lite being handheld only, it can still support all of the Nintendo Switch’s flagship games with ease. Through Nintendo Switch Online players on both Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite can compete together seamlessly on hits such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
For those who would rather use detached Joy-Cons, players will be able to wirelessly connect controllers to the Nintendo Switch Lite and play in tabletop mode.
Since there is no dock included with the Nintendo Switch Lite, players will have to find an alternate means of charging their Joy-Cons should they choose to purchase a pair for wireless play. Though again, the system does come with controllers attached.
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