The successor to the Nintendo Switch system had been hinted at for some time, and this morning, Nintendo has finally made it official, with a focus on handheld only play and a unique look that’s sure to make it appealing for that particular kind of market. Say hello to the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is set to launch on September 20, for the low price of $199.
Now, there is a slight bit of confusion when it comes to the name. The Nintendo Switch Lite actually doesn’t connect to the TV in any way, as it’s only set for portable play. It also doesn’t have JoyCons that don’t disconnect from the system, nor does it work with accessories like the Nintendo Labo. However, there are some notable improvements.
For instance, it has a better battery life than the regular Nintendo Switch, by about thirty percent. In addition, this model, as you can see above, comes with a devoted D-pad, compared to the regular Switch, which does not. And there are different colors available, including turquoise blue, grey, and yellow. And this November, a limited edition Pokémon model will be available as well, with grey, blue and red colors to match the motif of the forthcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games that will arrive just a week later, on November 15.
“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.”
This looks to replace the company’s Nintendo 3DS system as the newest way to play handheld games on the go, as there doesn’t appear to be any more new titles coming to that system. That means the Switch now becomes the biggest priority for the company moving forward. Considering that it’s sold well over 32 million systems since its launch a couple of years ago, that’s not a big shocker. And this will certainly add many more to that as the holiday season moves forward, and titles like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order arrive later this month.
Look for more details on the Nintendo Switch Lite as the systems prepare for arrival in the months ahead! Check out the full announcement video below!