The Nintendo Switch Lite Launches This September

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A new, cheaper, version of the Nintendo Switch has been revealed. Check out all the differences in the Lite version that arrives this September!

Though rumored for a while now, and even leaked by an accessory company last month, today Nintendo has formally announced the Nintendo Switch Lite! The new version of the Switch console will come in at $199 and will arrive on September 20th. As you can tell from the images, it definitely has some differences.

Most notably, is the lack of Joy-con controllers. Instead, they’re built directly into the system itself, although it is possible to sync up separate Joy-cons (for games that require them). The whole idea behind the Switch Lite is to be a dedicated handheld machine. As such, there’s no way to connect it to the TV, doesn’t come with a kickstand, or a dock.

It’s also a little bit smaller at 3.6″ High and 8.2″ Long (the standard Switch sits at 4″ High and 9.4″ Long). More importantly, the touch screen has also shrank a tiny bit. It comes in at 5.5″ compared to the regular version’s 6.2″ screen. The upside is that the battery life is improved, offering up to an extra hour of playtime on certain games.

If you’re a Pokémon fan, you may want to wait just a little bit longer, as they’ve also announced a special Nintendo Switch Lite that will arrive on November 8th, just in time for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition features stylish cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games for Nintendo Switch.

While this may not be for everyone, as someone who ONLY uses my current Nintendo Switch as a handheld device (I’ve owned it since launch and have never once connected it to the TV), this is definitely appealing. The lower price point and size certainly makes it ideal for parents looking to snag this for their kiddos.

What do you think? Will you be picking up the Nintendo Switch Lite this September? Or waiting for the Pokémon version in November?