Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite, Coming This Fall

Yolanda Curtis
July 12, 2019

Nintendo Switch Lite will lack with some of the features in comparison to Switch being a cheaper version of the blockbuster handheld by Nintendo.

It will hit shelves on September 20, the Japan-based company said in a statement released overnight. The Nintendo Switch has a relatively small screen so a lot of users will be willing to upgrade to a bigger Nintendo Switch XL.

To propose this unique cover is Tom Storm, a popular NY designer and graphic designer eager to take advantage of Switch's "Mini version" presentation to show the world his unshakable childhood passion for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy. This is meant not as a replacement, but as an alternative to the standard Switch, which could be getting some hardware tweaks of its own. It has built-in, not removable, controllers.

The Switch Lite is slightly smaller and slightly lighter than the Switch - 0.61 lbs versus 0.88 lbs (277 g versus 399 g). It can last up to 7 hours depending on which game is played.

So we have finally received a confirmation that Nintendo Switch Lite is real and will offer an entry-level version of Nintendo Switch costing up to $200. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Rumors were going around the internet a while back claiming that Nintendo is going to release a Switch Mini and a Switch Xl.

The Nintendo Switch Lite figures to be a hot seller come this holiday season, with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening arriving on the Lite's launch day, along with Pokemon Sword and Shield coming later this year.

But games for the consoles are still selling well, a sign that the Switch's popularity could prove resilient. Nintendo increased its annual outlook for sales of Switch games from 100 million to 110 million.

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