After many months of speculation, today Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. This latest member in the Nintendo Switch family is designed specifically for the gamer on the go and plays games in handheld mode only. Priced at $259.99, the Nintendo Switch Lite is considerably cheaper than the standard Nintendo Switch.
With over 34 million units of the Nintendo Switch sold worldwide since its launch in March of 2017, the Nintendo Switch Lite is guaranteed to be one of the driving forces of sales this fall and holiday season.
So what makes the Nintendo Switch Lite different from the standard Nintendo Switch? Let’s take a brief look to find out!
Nintendo Switch Lite launches September 20, 2019
The launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite is just around the corner, September 20, 2019. As I mentioned above, the Nintendo Switch Lite is made for gamers on the go. It is a dedicated handheld device so you won’t be able to play games on your TV. Furthermore, the controller is now integrated into the Lite’s body—so you won’t be able to detach them.
As a result, the Nintendo Switch Lite only plays games that support handheld mode. HD rumble, and the IR Motion Camera aren’t included on the Nintendo Switch Lite. This means there are a very small number of games that will require you to pair Joy-Con Controllers to the Nintendo Switch Lite if you wish to play them.
This includes games such as 1-2 Switch, Super Mario Party, Fitness Boxing, and the Just Dance series of games. You can easily tell if a game supports handheld mode by looking at the back of the game or the game’s page on the Nintendo eShop. Click here for a full list of Nintendo Switch games avilable at Best Buy Canada.
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise. After looking at the three available launch colours, I’m still trying to decide what colour I like best. Currently, I’m leaning towards turquoise but you never know it might change!
Light, compact and made for on the go
Recently, when asked, many Switch gamers revealed that they mostly play Switch on the go undocked. So, it was only natural that Nintendo would release a model in the Nintendo Switch family that was geared for gamers who play on the go.
As a result, the Nintendo Switch Lite is even lighter and more portable than ever. Let’s take a look at the main features and specs of the newest Nintendo Switch family member:
Nintendo Switch Lite specs and features
- Screen: Captive touch 5.5-inch LCD touch screen with 720p resolution
- Storage: 32 GB internal system storage
- Weight: approximate weight of 275g
- Size: 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm
- CPU/GPU: NVIDIA customized Tegra processor
- Increased battery life between 20-30% more
- Traditional D-Pad
As you can see the Lite’s screen is smaller compared to the 6.2-inch screen on the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Nintendo Switch Lite is lighter and smaller, which makes it exceptionally easier to take with you on the go.
When and where can I buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?
The Nintendo Switch Lite makes it easy to play your favourite games on the go
The Nintendo Switch Lite is great for those who don’t yet own a Switch and for existing owners who mostly play on the go. There are so many great games out on the market that there has never been a better time to own a Switch.
Games such as Super Mario Maker 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Octopath Traveler are just a small sample of the over 2000 games available on the system.
And, we’ve got to look forward to a whole slew of awesome games this fall including Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, The Witcher 3 Complete Edition, Astral Chain, New Super Lucky’s Tale and many more!
Let me know in the comments section below if you are planning on buying a Nintendo Switch Lite for yourself or as a gift for someone else. What’s your favourite colour?