From out of the blue, Nintendo has announced a new version of the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite. Rumors and leaks had reported a “Switch Mini”, a dedicated handheld version of the Switch for months, but today, Nintendo made it official. The Switch Lite will be available on September 20th and will retail for $199.99 MSRP. It will also be available in three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise.
It should be noted that the Nintendo Switch Lite is only compatible with games with a handheld mode. Tabletop mode will still work with wireless Joy-cons connected, but there is no built in kickstand like the main console. Also unlike the main console, there is no option to output to the TV, so no dock or HDMI cable will be included. The system will boast a 5.5” touch screen and will have a battery life of up to seven hours. It will also have an actual D-Pad.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” says the new President of Nintendo of America, Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
This just leaves the rumored “improved” model for the Nintendo Switch, though details on that are much scarcer. Fans of the Pokémon franchise will be happy to know that a special edition console is on the way. Launching one week before Pokémon Sword and Shield, a themed Nintendo Switch launch console will release on November 8th in North America. It will be available for the same $199.99 price, and will not include either game.
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