After a number of rumours, Nintendo has officially announced a smaller version of their latest console with the Switch Lite.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more colour and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favourite Nintendo Switch games.”
The Switch Lite is smaller and features a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen compared to 6.2-inches on the original Switch. The new device was made for playing on the go while in handheld mode.
It still uses USB-C to charge, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Battery life is at about 3-7 hours depending on the game you’re playing and was 2.5-6.5 hours of the original model.
The new Switch Lite is compatible with games that support handheld mode. And for those games that do not support handheld mode, you can still wirelessly connect compatible controllers to the Switch or another pair of Joy-Cons.
The Switch Lite also doesn’t support output to your TV, tabletop mode and since there’s not Joy-Cons included, there’s no HD Rumble or IR motion Camera.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is set to launch on September 20th for $259 CAD ($199 USD) and come in yellow, grey and turquoise colour options.
There will also be a Pokémon Sword and Shield themed edition of the Switch Lite that features cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.
The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will launch on November 8th just ahead of the game’s release on November 15th.