​The Nintendo Switch Lite Is A Handheld-Only Version Of The Console

After months of rumours and leaks, Nintendo has finally officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a strictly handheld version of its console. The Lite won't be able to dock with a television, nor will its Joy-Cons be able to detach from the console.

You can watch it's announcement video below (or here if you're reading this on mobile):

Smaller than the normal Switch and without features like the kickstand that lets you balance the Switch on a table, this version of the console is less sociable than the original.

The Lite won't have access to the full catalogue of Nintendo games, either, as it's only able to access games that can be played entirely in handheld mode. Plus, some of those games will have restrictions - after all, some games are designed to be played with the Joy-Cons separately in your hand. Naturally, this also means games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which let you play in local multiplayer with two players using a Joy-Con each will play differently. Nintendo says you can still connect additional Joy-Cons to the console allowing for split screen multiplayer, but without the kickstand you'll have to fashion your own way to keep the Switch upright to play tabletop multiplayer.

The Lite will still be able to connect to local multiplayer with other Switch, however. So you can join in games of Mario Kart with your friends.

The Lite is, as you'd guess from the name, lighter, too. This makes the console much more comfortable to play in handheld. The left Joy-Con's separate button-style d-pad has also been replaced with a standard d-pad, making it into a more traditional controller. The battery life is also said to be slightly improved over the standard Switch's.

The Switch Lite also won't feature HD Rumble or IR motion controls.

The new colours are more muted than the original Switch
The new colours are more muted than the original Switch

The Lite will come in three different colour schemes: yellow, grey, and turquoise. All of the colour schemes are markedly more muted than the garish (though lovely) Joy-Con colours available so far. There are also going to be special limited edition versions of the console that will launch alongside Pokémon Sword and Shield when those games release on November 15.

The Switch Lite itself is due to launch on September 20 and it will be on sale for $199, $100 less than the standard Switch - UK prices haven't yet been announced.

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Julian Benson

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