The Nintendo Switch Lite was officially announced today. This new special handheld device is compact, light and easy to take with you when travelling. It will be available in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise. Switch Lite will be sold for $199.99 and will be available on the 20th. September 2019 to enter the market. It’s the same day as The Legend of Zelda, by the way: Awakening Link is coming into the shops. In addition to these three original colours, a special edition of Zacian and Zamazenta for the Pokémon holidays will be available from November 8th!
So what are the main differences between a normal switch and a light switch? For starters, as mentioned above, the Lite only works in portable mode (not compatible with the Switch docking station and does not support TV off) and the price is $100 less. There is no removable Joy-Con controller, no stand, no HD rumble and no IR motion in the system. The Switch Lite is equipped with a special D-Pad instead of individual buttons! The system is lighter than the original, weighing 0.61 pounds versus 0.88 pounds. The touch screen is smaller (5.5 inches) than the 6.2-inch touch screen. The overall dimensions are smaller than one would expect: 3.6 inches high, 8.2 inches long and 0.55 inches deep compared to the original, which is 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long and 0.55 inches deep. Battery life increases to 3-7 hours compared to 2.5-6.5 hours before the original. Finally, you can play handheld compatible games with the Switch Lite itself, but you can still sync the wireless controller to play on the small screen, which means you can still play multiplayer games.
Of course, the Switch Lite plays the same great games as the original. You can connect it wirelessly to other switching systems (up to 8 in total) and also have access to the Internet. Watch the first video of the system in action:
The #NintendoSwitchLite Zacian and Zamazenta editions will also be available on 8/11 while stocks last. This special edition comes just in time for the holidays and the release of #PokemonSwordShield on 11/15 pic.twitter.com/IG0skYmQB9.
– Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 10 July 2019
In today’s video, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically for playing Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite will be released on September 20 at the suggested retail price of $199.99 and is available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise. There will also be a carrying case and screen saver kit available for the Nintendo Switch Lite.
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be released on September 20 at the suggested retail price of $199.99 and is available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.
The addition of the Nintendo Switch Lite to the range gives players more colour and pricing options, said Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America. Consumers can now choose the system that best suits their favourite Nintendo Switch games.
Launched in March 2017, Nintendo Switch’s flagship game features three different game modes: Play in TV Mode by connecting the system to the Nintendo Switch Docking Station, play together or participate in Table Mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and play in Portable Mode. The system is equipped with grey Joy-Con controllers or red and blue neon Joy-Con controllers.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has built-in controls and is smaller than the flagship of the Nintendo Switch. It has no stand, and as a purely portable gaming device, it does not allow video output to the TV. Therefore, it does not come with a docking station or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.
The new device can play all games in the Nintendo Switch’s robust library that supports handheld mode*, although some games have limitations. Compatible game modes can be found on the back of the game pack and in the Nintendo Online Shop.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can work together to play compatible multiplayer games such as Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but also Nintendo Switch Online** or local wireless multiplayer games***.
For more information about the Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/.
A special Pokémon-themed version of the Nintendo Switch Lite system will be available from 8am onwards. November in North America. The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta edition features elegant blue and purple buttons and illustrations of two legendary new Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield* games for Nintendo Switch. This unique system will be available at the suggested retail price of $199.99 while stocks last.
November will be a great month for Pokémon fans, with special hardware and the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games coming out the following week, says Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America. The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition is the perfect gift for Pokémon fans who want to play the latest games on the go.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will take players on a new adventure in the Galar region, where they’ll catch, fight and trade the newly discovered Pokémon, and unravel the mystery of the legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games are available as of 3pm. November available for all Nintendo Switch systems.
The Nintendo Switch Lite can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch Library that support handheld mode**, although some games have limitations. The standard edition of the Nintendo Switch Lite system will be released on September 20 at the suggested retail price of $199.99 and is available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.
For more information about the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, visit http://pokemon.com/swordshield. For more information about the Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/#first-look.
Please note that the Nintendo Switch has a Parental Controls feature that allows adults to control what content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.
* Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games are sold separately on the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition systems.
** For games that support Table Mode, players can connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) wirelessly to the Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users need a device to charge the Joy-Con controllers, such as B. Charging a Joy-Con.
Craig has covered the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published in various media. He is currently editor and employee of Age of Games.
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