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Nintendo Switch Lite officially revealed (1 Viewer)



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Nintendo has officially unveiled the Switch Lite, a handled version of its flagship console.

As multiple leaks over the past few months revealed, Nintendo has indeed been working on a smaller version of the Switch.

Only it’s not a Mini, and is instead called the Switch Lite – a fully portable version of the hybrid console.

The lighter, smaller frame features a 5.5″ touch screen and does away with the detachable Joy-Cons and HD Rumble. There’s an actual D-pad on the left, but the rest of the design is largely unchanged.

Nintendo says the battery will last between three to seven hours, which is only slightly better than the flagship Switch’s 6.5 hours max. The Switch Lite is a handheld-only device, so does not come with a dock or a kickstand.

In fact, it has no HDMI port, and can’t connect to your TV, nor is it compatible with your existing Switch dock. The only thing you can use from your current setup is the Joy-Cons, which can connect wirelessly to the Switch Lite. This is important because Joy-Cons are required in case the game does not support handheld mode. That said, you’ll still need a charging device for the Joy-Cons since there’s no physical room for them on the Lite.

Nintendo did not reveal detailed specs just yet, but there’s a basic comparison between the two systems on the official site.

The Switch Lite will be available beginning September 20, there is no indication of the RRP in the UK but it will sell for $200 in the US. It comes in three colours: yellow, grey, and turquoise. Nintendo is also releasing a special Pokemon edition dubbed the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition, available on November 8 (see more below).

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Pokemon fans can pick up the Pokemon Sword and Shield Zacian and Zamazenta Edition of the Nintendo Switch Lite system this fall.

Nintendo announced Switch Lite today, and alongside turquoise, yellow and gray is the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition featuring the Legendaries from Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The limited edition Switch Lite will be made available on November 8, a week before the games release on November 15. The system does not come with Sword or Shield.



This version of Switch Lite is light gray in color with cyan and magenta buttons. The back of the system features illustrations of the two new Pokemon Sword and Shield Legendaries.
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What exactly are the key differences between the Switch and the Switch Lite?

Let's kick things off with how the console looks. You'll be familiar with the standard model on the left, of course, but here's how the Switch Lite shapes up side-by-side. You'll notice that the standard model's left-side buttons have been replaced with a traditional D-Pad, and the speakers have moved from the front of the console to the bottom.

You can see the dimensions for each console below.


A Detailed Look At Switch Lite

Here's a look at the Switch Lite from all angles, including all of the buttons, ports and other fancy gizmos available.


Gameplay Modes

One of the key features of the standard Switch model is its three gameplay modes: TV mode, Tabletop mode, and Handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite can only be played in handheld; it cannot connect to the TV and does not feature a kickstand to use in a Tabletop setup.

It's also worth noting that the Nintendo Switch Lite does not feature HD Rumble or an IR Motion Camera.



The Nintendo Switch's recommended retail price has been $299.99 since it launched in 2017. The Nintendo Switch Lite's recommended retail price will be $199.99.

The UK price for the Lite still hasn't been announced but the Nintendo Switch retailed at £279.99 in the UK back in 2017 so the Lite version may be around the £180 mark.

Compatible Games

The standard Nintendo Switch is, of course, compatible with all games that have released for it so far. The Nintendo Switch Lite can play any Switch games which support handheld mode.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers to the Switch Lite and effectively create a makeshift tabletop setup. If you're using original Joy-Con controllers, you'll need to have a way of recharging them as they cannot be docked to the Switch Lite.

What Does It Come With?

The Nintendo Switch Lite does not include a dock, HDMI cable, or kickstand like the original model. Instead, the box will simply contain the console and an AC adaptor.


Weight, Screen Size, Battery Life and Storage

Weight: Nintendo Switch: .88lbs with the Joy-Con attached | Nintendo Switch Lite: .61lbs

Screen: Nintendo Switch: 6.2" touchscreen, 720p | Nintendo Switch Lite: 5.5" touchscreeen, 720p

Battery Life: Nintendo Switch: approx. 2.5 - 6.5 hours | Nintendo Switch Lite: approx. 3 - 7 hours

Storage: Nintendo Switch: 32GB | Nintendo Switch Lite: 32GB

What Colours or Styles Are Available?

The standard Nintendo Switch launched with grey, and neon red/neon blue designs at launch.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in yellow, grey, or turquoise at launch, and a special Pokémon edition has been revealed for a November release (see the above post).


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