Nintendo Switch Lite coming soon: Release date, official trailer, more
Jul 11 2019
It's the Switch you know, but it ditches removable Joy-Con controllers (as well as HD Rumble) and a TV-connected dock in favor of a smaller, more self-contained form factor.
I suspect the D-Pad was added largely to mirror the 3DS' profile - again, 3DS fans being the Switch Lite's primary market - but I like to think it was partly because someone at Nintendo saw all those posts about players modding D-Pads onto their Joy-Cons.
There have been rumours of a slimmed down Nintendo Switch console for quite a while and Nintendo have now revealed that is exactly the case.
It's clear that the Nintendo Switch Lite was designed with single-player gameplay in mind, though you can work around this by buying additional Joy-Cons. Due to the difference in size and lack of detachable Joy-Con controllers, it won't support the company's range of Labo peripherals. If you're unsure which games include this mode, just look for the "handheld mode" icon on your game's packaging, or on the eShop.
Nintendo will start shipping the new Lite version on September 20 for only US$199.99. It should be noted that Pokémon Sword and Shield won't come pre-loaded in this special edition Nintendo Switch Lite. The controllers are part of the device so can no longer removed, and the standard versions will come in yellow, grey, or turquoise. The Switch Lite can't properly play offline multiplayer in Mario Kart 8, removes the second-player Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey, takes out most of the multiplayer fun in Super Smash Bros. It features a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixels LCD touch screen. On a page comparing the two consoles, Nintendo provides a link to an FAQ, but it only answers questions for the regular Switch.
To put things in perspective, the original Nintendo Switch weighs 399g and has a 6.2-inch screen.
What games will Nintendo Switch Lite play? I completely understand why they would want to sell a console at $200 so close to the holiday season about a year away from Sony and Microsoft joining Nintendo in the ninth console generation; a handheld device with hardware specs acceptable for consoles in 2019 at $200 makes sense.