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Nintendo Switch Lite Coming This Year

After months of rumors and speculation, Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. You can get it in yellow, gray and turquoise for $199.99. For reference, the standard Nintendo Switch is $299.99.

This Switch is smaller and is a handheld only device, meaning you can’t dock this version. Nintendo says the Switch Lite is for people who just want to play on the go, but it also seems perfect for kids.

The most noticeable difference in the Switch Lite is the size of the console. While the standard Switch is 4 inches high and 9.4 inches long, the Switch Lite is 3.6 inches high and 8.2 inches long. The screen size is also noticeably different. The standard Switch has a 6.2-inch touch screen, while the Switch Lite has a 5.5-inch touch screen.

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Not everything about the Switch Lite is a downsize, though. The Switch Lite has a better battery life (3-7 hours) than the standard Switch (2.5-6.5 hours). The Switch Lite also a D-pad, instead of individual directional buttons. You will also be able to transfer your saves from your original standard Switch to your new Switch Lite.

It is important to note the things you won’t be able to do with your new Switch Lite. There is no kickstand, no detachable joy-cons, you won’t be able to play it docked on a TV, and you can only play games that support handheld mode (Super Mario Party is a no-go).

You can see all the differences between the standard Switch and the Switch Lite here.

The original Nintendo Switch launched March 3, 2017, so it was due for an updated version. Since its release, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 32 million units.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is out September 20, 2019, the same day as the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. No bundles have been announced for the Switch Lite yet.

Zandt Durham

I love video games, my cats, and my fianceé (not necessarily in that order). Here to report on, review, and play some games. I main Ganondorf in Smash Ultimate.

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