In a video released earlier this week, Nintendo introduced its brand-new handheld gaming device: the Nintendo Switch Lite, dedicated to allowing gamers to play its vast catalogue of Switch games in handheld mode.
The device is a smaller and cheaper version of its larger more expensive flagship Nintendo Switch. The Japanese games manufacturer says it will be available in three colours: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set will also be available.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the line-up gives gamers more colour 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 favourite Nintendo Switch games.”
The 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.
The new device can play all games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games are likely to have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo’s eShop.
The Nintendo Switch Lite system is set for a September 20 release and is priced at around $200 – although this figure is likely to be slightly higher in Cambodia.
Nintendo’s flagship Switch has been a roaring success having launched in March of 2017. It offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in table-top 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 and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can enjoy compatible multiplayer titles together 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.