Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Lite, a new model dedicated to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. It will launch worldwide on September 20, 2019 for $199.99.
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite 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.
Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.
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.
A Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will also be available in North America starting November 8, 2019 for $199.99. The special Pokemon-themed version features cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokomon from the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games for Nintendo Switch.
Check out the Nintendo Switch Lite Reveal Trailer: