NewsVideo Games

Nintendo Switch Lite Is a Handheld-Only Console Launching This Fall

Nintendo Switch Lite

After months of rumors, Nintendo has officially revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Shown off along with a number of color variants in a surprise video upload, Nintendo Switch Lite is a much smaller, handheld-only device that will retail at $199 USD and launch on Sept. 20, 2019. Watch the poppy trailer down below.

As shown in the video, the device’s Joy-Con controller cannot be detached, and the Nintendo Switch Lite cannot be docked to play on a TV. It also lacks an IR motion camera and HD rumble. Following in the way of the iPhone 5C, a few matte colors will be available at launch, including yellow, grey, and turquoise. As of now, it seems the handheld will support all existing Nintendo Switch titles so long as the software supports handheld mode.

One smaller, easy-to-miss change is the console’s new “plus-pad,” replacing the individual directional buttons on the left side. Additionally, as reported at GameXplain, the revised model will also see a 20-to-30 percent increase on battery life depending on what games are being played. However, the Nintendo Switch Lite does also seem to have removed the original’s kickstand.

Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi led today’s presentation, saying the device will be joining “The Nintendo Switch family.” So far, the console’s base model and today’s announcement are the only two devices in the family, and considering Koizumi’s words and Nintendo’s hardware track record, another future announcement for a device is not unlikely.

However, one reveal not included in the video was a Pokémon Sword and Shield version of the console, which features new Legendary Pokemon, Zacian and Zamazenta. Strangely, this version of the console does not come bundled with the new Pokémon game.

Nintendo Switch Lite Pokémon Sword and Shield version

About the author

Michael Cripe
Michael joined The Escapist team in 2019 but has been covering games, movies, TV, and music since 2015. When he’s not writing, Michael is probably playing Super Mario Sunshine, Dead Space, The Binding of Isaac, or Doom Eternal. You can follow his news coverage and reviews at The Escapist, but his work has appeared on other sites like OnlySP, Gameranx, and Kansas City’s The Pitch, too. If you’d like to connect and talk about the latest pop-culture news, you can follow Michael on Twitter (@MikeCripe), Instagram (mike_cripe), or LinkedIn if that’s your thing.