$199 Nintendo Switch Lite dedicated handheld device announced

Nintendo is certainly playing with power today, as the Big N announced the long-awaited Nintendo Switch Lite handheld device.

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Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Lite, the long-rumored mini version of the Switch. The new device will play all games in the existing Switch library. Please take a look at the announcement video directly from Nintendo.

“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color 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 favorite Nintendo Switch games.”

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controllers and is smaller than the original Nintendo Switch. It does not have a kickstand, nor does it support output to TVs. The device will not ship with a dock or HDMI cable as a result. Nintendo has created a website where customers can compare Switch models to pick the device perfect for their needs. Nintendo notes that there will be support for all existing Switch titles, although some games will have restrictions. Nintendo Switch Lite can play games in the Switch library that support handheld mode, and if the game requires Joy-Con controllers, players will have to buy those separately. Wireless controllers can still be connected to Switch Lite. Look for the Handheld Mode icon on the eShop to make sure the game will be compatible with the new Nintendo Switch Lite.

Nintendo Switch Lite will come in multiple colors.
Nintendo Switch Lite will come in multiple colors.

Nintendo Switch Lite is 3.6 inches high by 8.2 inches long and 0.55 inches deep. The screen is 5.5 inches in diagonal and the batter life will last 3-7 hours. The device will come in three colors at launch: yellow, grey and turquoise. Nintendo claims more demanding titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will play for 4 hours on the new handheld device. 

Nintendo Switch Lite will cost $199.99 and will be available on September 20, 2019. Be sure to keep it locked on Shacknews for the latest details and news surrounding the Nintendo Switch Lite.

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    July 10, 2019 5:30 AM

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      July 10, 2019 5:39 AM

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        July 10, 2019 5:49 AM

        The switch is super squeaky due to its detatchable joycons. I bet that ends up being a subtle design improvement that helps them be more mobile / less annoying near other people

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        July 10, 2019 6:01 AM

        Besides the horrible d-pad being replaced with a proper control pad?

        This model was never going to be a huge improvement. It’s meant to be a smaller form factor dedicated to on-the-go play.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        July 10, 2019 6:10 AM

        Compared to the 3DS, it's basically the same layout, except there's a right stick now.

    • Ziz legacy 10 years
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      July 10, 2019 5:41 AM

      So a version of the Switch you wouldn't want..

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        July 10, 2019 6:07 AM

        Just like the regular switch

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        July 10, 2019 6:17 AM

        I play my Switch in handheld mode 99% of the time. There isn't enough of a price difference to make me choose this one over a regular Switch, but being handheld only isn't a major turn off.

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        July 10, 2019 6:44 AM

        Tagged for 6 months time when this thing sells like crazy and I can point out how wrong you were

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        July 10, 2019 11:10 AM

        Better battery life and (hopefully) fewer joy-con issues? If I didn't already own one, I'd be buying this version. I doubt I play the thing plugged in even 5% of the time. It's a nice option to have, but I suspect a lot of users treat it as a mobile-only device.

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        July 10, 2019 11:37 AM

        I only play in handheld mode and I do not want or like the new design.

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      July 10, 2019 5:55 AM

      Having the screen be smaller than most phones and no rumble...man this thing is bare fucking bones

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      July 10, 2019 5:56 AM

      Wish it was in red and black like some DS models.

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      July 10, 2019 6:05 AM

      I’m a bit concerned about the name. DS Lite followed DS, but that model didn’t drop any of the functionality of its predecessor. I foresee some parents buying a Switch L only for them or their kids to be upset it doesn’t dock to the TV “like the other Switch.”

      A more on-the-nose product name like Switch Portable would have worked better. I could be wrong, but the moment I saw the name I flashed back to the confusion between Wii and Wii U among consumers who thought the U was just a tablet for the Wii they hadn’t touched since playing Wii Sports one time six years ago.

    • rms legacy 10 years mercury mega
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      July 10, 2019 6:05 AM

      I don't have a switch, but am still puzzled by 'bluetooth support' on the device. The nintendo site lists bluetooth 4.1, yet I see numerous videos on how you can't use bluetooth headphones without a 3rdparty dongle: ridiculous. So what is the current support for wireless/bluetooth headphones for both these devices?

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        July 10, 2019 6:10 AM

        the controllers. The joycons are not super comfy, so the bluetooth lets you connect a pro controller to it

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        July 10, 2019 6:11 AM

        The controllers are Bluetooth. I don't believe that any other Bluetooth devices are supported, but I'm sure someone will reply and correct me.

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        July 10, 2019 6:17 AM

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          July 10, 2019 6:34 AM

          Yes that ticks me off about the Xbox One.

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          July 10, 2019 8:28 AM

          The Xbox One does not have Bluetooth. The current revision of the controllers do have Bluetooth to connect to computers and other devices though.

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          July 10, 2019 9:55 AM

          Bluetooth doesn't offer the speed and power benefits of the WiFi Direct XB1 uses.

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        July 10, 2019 8:33 AM

        A question: what hardware supports low-latency, two-way high quality communication over bluetooth?

        Is the Switch unique in this lack of support?

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        July 10, 2019 11:25 AM

        Eight controllers, which can mean anything from eight pro controllers to eight joycons used in pairs acting as four controllers

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      July 10, 2019 6:08 AM

      I think it's weird that they said it doesn't connect to the TV, but it still has the guide slot on the back for docking and the USB-C port on the bottom/least practical spot for a portable device.

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      July 10, 2019 6:26 AM

      Even smaller screen, bleh. The existing one can already feel too small, especially in games with small text LOOKING AT YOU DIABLO

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      July 10, 2019 6:31 AM

      Did they change the design of the analog stick on these? It seems like stick drift is inevitable in the Switch joycons, and the system is rescued by virtue of those controllers being replacable. If these have the same problem, I don't think replacing the console to fix your controller is a desirable solution. I'd hate to think these will have to get shipped off and refurbed once a year.

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      July 10, 2019 6:33 AM

      Ehhh, I'd be considering thing more if it had output too TV. Not even an HDMI port? I don't need a dock, I'd be willing to suffice for just a plug.

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      July 10, 2019 6:40 AM

      of fucking course, they must've heard i bought a switch yesterday.

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        July 10, 2019 6:46 AM

        I don't think this diminishes the original Switch, unless you're planning on never playing it on a TV.

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        July 10, 2019 6:53 AM

        I think you're ok. It's highly probably the features for which you bought your Switch are the ones they removed from the Switch Lite

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          July 10, 2019 6:55 AM

          like no d-pad and joycon flex?

          oh wait :(

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      July 10, 2019 6:54 AM

      Cool, I think it makes a lot of sense

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      July 10, 2019 9:54 AM

      The Lite Switch.

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      July 10, 2019 10:41 AM

      I hate the Switch screen's fucking huge bezel. It wastes so much space! Even the original Sony PSP did a much better job at this and that thing's ancient by comparison.

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        July 10, 2019 11:04 AM

        That's my main gripe with it too, I wish they'd get rid of the bezel

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        July 10, 2019 4:58 PM

        Very likely they will for the Pro model next year.

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      July 10, 2019 11:38 AM

      Visual comparison:
      http://chattypics.com/files/switch_315gvaiy2h.jpg

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