Nintendo Switch Lite Arrives In September
Nintendo has tonight announced a new Nintendo Switch called the Nintendo Switch Lite will be arriving in stores on September 20th.
The RRP is $329.95 which is $139 cheaper than the Nintendo Switch's price. Also for comparison, EB Games currently has the Switch on sale for $399, so the Switch Lite would still be substantially cheaper.
Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three colours at launch, with those being yellow, grey and turquoise.
On November 8th the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition will be available as well, which features a design based on the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games.
The Nintendo Switch Lite, as was rumoured for some time, will be a handheld only. It has no kickstand, and no HDMI out to a dock. It also has the controller built into the system like a typical handheld console, meaning you cannot remove the Joy-Con controllers.
Being a handheld and designed for players who primarily, or only play their Switch on-the-go and in handheld mode, this new Nintendo Switch Lite is also substantially smaller. It's 3cm smaller length-ways to the original and a centimetre less in height. This, of course, means the screen is a bit smaller at 5.5 inches compared to the 6.2 inches of the Nintendo Switch.
The basic Switch weighs 398g with the Joy-Con's attached and the Nintendo Switch Lite will only weigh a much lighter 275.
According to the Nintendo website, the Nintendo Switch Lite’s battery life will last longer than the original though, with an estimated 3-7 hours, compared to the 2.5 - 6.5 it estimates for the original Switch.
If any games require the use of the Joy-Con's you'll only be able to play them by pairing separate Joy-Cons to the system. This means you can technically play all Switch games on the system.