Nintendo on Wednesday unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of its popular console rethought exclusively for handheld use. While the standard Nintendo Switch, released in March 2017, can be played either on a television screen or on the go, the new Switch Lite is strictly for mobile play.
The Nintendo Switch Lite, which will be available for US $199.99 on Sept. 20, has integrated, non-removable controllers and a thinner form factor that’s more comfortable for handheld gaming. It’s got a 5.5-inch display that’s similar to the mainline Switch’s 6.2-inch screen, and a more traditional D-Pad on the left side. The Switch Lite can run any Switch game, from Nintendo’s own titles (like Super Mario Odyssey) to those in the extensive indie library (like Dead Cells). However, games built around the Switch Joy-Con controllers (like 1-2 Switch) will require users to connect external controllers, though there’s no kickstand for convenient tabletop play. It charges with USB-C, but it won’t work on a TV with the Switch dock.
Quick notes From Nintendo Switch Subreddit:
- Real D-pad on left side
- Cannot be docked or connected to TV at all
- Slightly smaller screen (5.5" vs 6.2")
- Same 720p resolution
- Slightly better battery life (no details yet)
- No kickstand
- Comes in yellow, grey, or turquoise + special Sword and Shield edition
- Lighter than normal switch with joy-cons attached.
- No IR or HD rumble
- Will function with normal joy-cons for multiplayer/games that require motion.
No brightness adjustmentNo adaptive brightness, only manual adjust
Comparison Chart - Source: u/StinkyFishSauce on Nintendo Switch Subreddit
Official Nintendo Page for Nintendo Switch Lite - SRP AU $329.95*