After months of rumors, Nintendo has finally unveiled their new console. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller, cheaper version of its bigger brother. The “dedicated handheld” Switch makes it easier for travelling, but doesn’t come without disadvantages.
Nintendo Switch Lite
The new console is Nintendo’s first console release since the launch of the regular Nintendo Switch in 2017. The Switch Lite is available in three colors: yellow, turquoise, and gray.
Nintendo Switch And Switch Lite Comparison
As it is a dedicated handheld console, it cannot be docked to a bigger display. Compared to the Nintendo Switch, the Switch Lite is much smaller, and does not feature detachable joycons. As such, the directional control buttons found on the left joycon have been swapped for a plus control pad. This is something Nintendo enthusiasts have wanted for a long time.
As for the disadvantages, HD rumble and IR motion camera are not part of the Switch Lite. Personally, I see HD rumble as a crucial part of the joycons, but I guess Nintendo had to cut costs to hit that lower price tag. Furthermore, the Switch Lite doesn’t support local two players games out of the box. In order to play with others on the same console, you will to connect an additional pair of joycons to the console.
However, all current Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode can be played flawlessly on the Switch Lite. Titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Odyssey, and even The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are supported by the console.
The compact Switch variants opts for a smaller 5.5 inch, 720p display. Apart from IR motion controls and HD rumble, the Switch Lite retains all the features of the main console, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, game card slots, a headphone jack, and gyro controls.
The console has 32 GB of system memory, which can be expanded using a microSD card. It takes approximately three hours to fully charge its 3570mAh battery. Nintendo says that, on a full charge, the Switch Lite can run Breath of the Wild for roughly four hours.
The Nintendo Switch Lite launches September 20th with an MSRP of $200. Alongside the three colors, there will be a Pokemon Sword and Shield-themed version of the Switch Lite.