Nintendo Switch Lite drops September 20 for $100 less than the original

Having multiple SKUs on the market at once can be a hard balancing act, but launching an upgraded Switch and a downgraded Switch in the same holiday season doesn't make much sense.

After months of rumours and leaks, Nintendo has finally officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a strictly handheld version of its console. Well, read on intrepid digital world explorers, read on. Unlike the standard Switch, the Lite version does not support TV output through HDMI, but the new integrated controller on the left side now features a regular directional pad instead of separate directional buttons.

Like the existing console, it will show them in 720p on the fixed display. This would have the biggest impact on Labo games, though Labo wouldn't have worked anyway because it also requires removable Joy-Cons. While everyone will have an opinion on it, getting a dedicated handheld Switch for $100 less seems appealing. The Switch Lite looks like Nintendo's play for this coming holiday season, so I wouldn't expect any news on another Switch variant until next year at the earliest. That's because you're spreading the same amount of pixels over a larger screen with the original console, meaning it's easier to see the individual pixels there that it will be with this smaller screen size.

The Switch Lite is created to be exclusively portable.

However, where the two consoles really do differ is in their functionality. The Nintendo Switch Lite is described as a compact and lightweight version of the original designed specifically to play Switch games in handheld mode.

The Switch Lite also loses a couple of modes-TV and tabletop.

The Switch Lite system is set to ship September 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 - $100 less than the flagship Switch, which works in both handheld and TV-connected gameplay. Other games like Mario Tennis Aces and Snipperclips face restrictions, the former lacking the swinging motion control option, and the latter's party and battle modes being unavailable without additional controllers.

This would be in line with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, both of which allow you to just sign into a second system to access your account and games. Simply put, the Switch Lite is created to be a more portable version of the Switch, and as such, it is smaller and lighter than the regular Switch. Players can pair Joy-Cons to have multiplayer on the Switch Lite, but there is no kickstand so gamers will need to prop the device up against something to play.

With that said, there are some advantages to the Nintendo Switch Lite.

  • Arturo Norris