Nintendo officially reveals Switch Lite


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In a video today, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.

The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. (Photo: Business Wire)

“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.”

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online** or local wireless multiplayer***.

For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/.

The Switch Lite will launch on Sept. 20th, 2019 in North America, Europe, and Japan.

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Is it me or does it feel a bit... Off feeling?

A 2DS situation again with a complete unswitchable Switch. One would think docking should still be possible. I can see this being a big success, though.

If docking was possible then this would be the superior Switch. The regular Switch's biggest problem was it's portability. I truly believe handheld mobile devices need to be small and light. I also believe Joy-Cons aren't really that great, especially on the go. When undocked, I doubt very many people would want to pass a Joy-con to a friend and play local multiplayer on the thing. Local multiplayer works on a tv, not outside.

So yeah, I kind of wish the regular Switch used this smaller design that doesn't bother with detachable controllers. And when you dock it you use a regular controller like Pro Controller.

I personally play tabletop multiplayer all the time with friends and family.

Wow really? How many of you and what game? I once tried to play 4 player Mario Kart 8 in tabletop mode and everyone hated it. You couldn't see anything. The small screen is fine to look at when it's within arms reach but when you have 4 people you either have to scrunch up together in order to see anything.

Multiplayer in tabletop mode just sucks in my opinion.

I find 2 player Mario Kart to work just fine, and I do a lot of 4 or 6 player Smash with 2 people per system, but Smash works with any number of players because the camera is the same.

R.I.P. current and future games that will/would require the Joy-Cons to be separated. I wonder if Developers will find this annoying?

Hate to say it but Pachter was spot on with this prediction. Damn!

I was so excited and now... underwhelmed. I completely understand that current Switch owners aren't their target audience - 3DS/2DS owners and kids are. But I don't understand why current owners can't be thrown a bone too. I was ready to 100% buy this - as a collector, probably many times when they do special editions - but not connecting to the TV means that if I want that feature I can't just do a system transfer and be playing like before. It means I'm going to have to leave my account on the first system. And while it would be fine to have an account on both systems, the fact that Nintendo only lets you back up select games to the cloud means that all of those games are then stuck on the original system. They could have left off HD rumble, removable controller, kick stand and dock and still sold it for $199 and allowed you to purchase a mini dock separately and then even more people would have bought it.

Again, it's pretty clear to see the target audience. I just don't see why it has to be that and nothing else. Now I'm stuck looking at these adorable systems that I would have bought over and over again and realizing I'm going to have to sit this one out. Just a shame is all.

This just makes it all the more reason to just stick with the original model.

How the hell can you play any of the games you want at this rate?

Wed Jul 10 19 08:55am
Rating: 1

The lack of ability to output to the TV is baffling.

They don't want the kiddies with all their Switch Lites hogging up the tv. Smart, really.

Yeah..Real disappointing..

Wed Jul 10 19 09:04am
Rating: 1

It's a cheaper alternative to grab those still attached to the 3ds. It is not meant for those who already have a Switch. Not that hard to understand.

But it's nothing like a 3DS except that it's small. Why would people who didn't want a current Switch care about a smaller Switch with less features except for a slightly less price.

Argued the case for this for ages and been shot down by numerous people saying it will never happen. Eat crow fools!

Wed Jul 10 19 09:59am
Rating: 1

Saaaaaaaame. If nothing else I'm sorta glad that I was right too haha

I admit to being one of those who thought this would never happen. Now I’m just in the camp who wished this had never happened. Terrible product. A switch that doesn’t switch. Ruining the clear branding and messaging that made this console a breakout success in the first place.

Wed Jul 10 19 09:16am
Rating: 1

DS -- DS LITE --- DSi


No it goes;

Switch Lite
Swiitch ;)

Oh great, the same flawed mini control sticks guaranteed to drift. What could go wrong?

Seems like a good alternative for people who are still straggling on to the 3DS. I may buy this for my neice for Christmas. Since it is $100 cheaper. That way she will have a Switch when she is home and when she comes over we can play on my docked Switch.

Are you serious? It’s only $100 cheaper than the proper Switch console? It doesn’t come with a dock or HDMI cable or joycon holder or joycon wrist straps! Those items alone, if purchased at retail, amount to more than $100. What a ripoff.

It means Nintendo won't put out games that require HD rumble or detachable joycons, which might be a bad thing or a good thing. Other than that, this seems like something they have to do to keep selling cheap hardware after the 3DS.

HD rumble isn't required now. There are a lot of games that don't support HD rumble.

Lack of the ability to connect to the dock, even as an extra purchase, idk, that’s not a great move. The Switch has shown its true colours, that it's a portable. It should sell well regardless.

Wed Jul 10 19 09:50am
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Hmm yeah, first I thought this is not for me at all, but had it still connected to the TV, it might have been interesting. You could just leave the controllers on the sofa and have a smaller unit to take with you, without even having to attach controllers. Ah well, half bad.

Everyone is talking about not connecting to the TV but their real weakness has to be the lack of motion controls. I would not want to try and shoot the bow in botw without them. This device is intended to be fully mobile, but it isn't even as much of a mobile device as the actual switch

Fri Jul 12 19 12:15pm
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I think it's been a bit poorly communicated, but motion controls aren't taken out. It's the IR camera and HD Rumble. Koizumi is talking about needing separate Joy-Cons for 1-2-Switch, since that game specifically needs you to be able to detach the controllers from the system, which isn't possible with the Lite.

I think the translation is a bit wonky there. He said "...which requires motion controls", when he probably means "...which requires you to swing the controllers"

In other words: Motion aiming (Splatoon, BotW) yes; motion gestures no (due to the unwieldiness)

This makes sense. I think you are right. I mean heck, even the 3DS has the gyro haha

It is such a contradictory device. It loses the magic of the Switch’s uniqueness by taking away 2/3 of the ways to play it. We just had E3 where they demoed and announced games that had the split Joy Cons, local multiplayer and everyone saying “play at home or on the go.” I thought maybe you can buy a dock and Pro Controller separate and “complete” it a la carte, but that’s not even an option.

I'm really liking the colors here.

Oh boy....
I hope they addressed the analog stick and and WiFi problem, since they removed the possibility of a workaround.

Nintendo possibly combined a market research with data mining actual Switch’s users pattern by making use of system’s log. Maybe most people only play on portable mode. That should be a reason for a product like that. Btw, that’s not for me.

I still hope the TV connection is there and they will sell mini docks eventually.

Wed Jul 10 19 12:31pm
Rating: 1

I think it's a really smart decision... But I definitely won't be getting one. I'm happy with my current Switch.

I liked it, but seems expensive since many features are missing. This should cost 150 dollars, since you cannot even play Super Mario Party if you don't buy extra controllers.

Wed Jul 10 19 01:45pm
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They should have just called this the Itch.

People left scratching their heads.

Identifying/primary/unique features cut, yet the price not cut proportionately.

When rumors of an updated model began swirling, I held out buying a Switch just in case. I'd prefer the original model, but feel this was slightly a tactic to justify keeping the original at launch price rather than price cut.

Guess I'll be holding out for the next model, or price cut; whichever comes first.

The Itch, nice. lol

I'm scratching my head at finding out, you out of all people, don't already have one.

well two reasons, first, i live in japan, which as you can imagine, complicates things on a number of levels.

second, i have a family, and tend to put what little disposable income we had around the launch window into our small children, or saving to buy a car/house. maybe TMI, but now that my day job has picked up and we're more well off, i can dote upon the family quite a bit more, and have been able to entertain the idea of gaming devices.

for the above reasons, i had to skip the entire Wii U cycle, and have personally been very excited at the prospect of switch. but the Itch clearly has a couple things missing, and the original model is long-toothed enough it should not still be full price, in my opinion.

Oh man, yeah...I remember those long lines of people waiting for Switch!

Skipping the Wii U kind of helps as far as not being stuck in the middle. For example, there's no way I'm going to buy Mario Kart 8 again after putting so many hours into the Wii U version. So I'm stuck with a version of MK 8 that lacks a proper battle mode and that really sucks. lol

That's awesome you live in Japan. That's probably the #1 place I'd like to visit. The two things I love most originate in the land of the rising sun; Aikido and Nintendo!

Wed Jul 10 19 03:23pm
Rating: 1

This doesn't bother me. It's not for me. Not particularly bothered by what this means for motion controls either.... I don't like them much anyway,


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