The Nintendo Switch Lite Will Be Released On September 20

The Nintendo Switch Lite Will Be Released On September 20
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The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller handheld-only portable that will be released this fall. It is being described as a Nintendo Switch for those who just want to play on the go.

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The Lite will come in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.

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Priced at $329.95, the Switch Lite is cheaper than the standard issue Switch, which retails for $469 in Australia but has since been priced around $399.

It is also a slightly smaller piece of hardware with a slightly smaller screen. The Lite, however, does have a longer better life and a D-Pad instead of directional buttons.

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Size is not the only difference. Unlike the regular Switch, it will not feature detachable Joy-Con controllers or a kickstand, and it won’t support TV Mode. The Lite also does not come with with a Switch Dock.

Regarding game compatibility, Nintendo writes:

Nintendo Switch Lite can play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. If using separate Joy-Con controllers, users will need to have a device to recharge them, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

To find play mode compatibility information for specific games, please refer to the product packaging or Nintendo eShop.

You can see how the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite compare below:

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No bundle has been announced, but keep in mind that Link’s Awakening also comes out on September 20.


  • Given the Australia Tax. I assume this will be priced at $300 AUD.

    Ill wait till prices come down on either console. Because $300 is still too much for me.

    If it was $250 id pick id be more likely to buy one.

  • So roughly 70$ difference, I personally would pay the difference and buy a “proper” Switch. I could only see myself purchasing this for the child.

  • Still don’t really the point of this.

    – It’s really close in price to the base model
    – Does not have detachable joycons
    – Can’t be docked. In fact can’t connect to a TV at all
    – No kickstand (so what’s the point of being able to sync another controller to it?)

    In effect it’s a non-switch Switch. This isn’t even a similar case of 3DS/2DS (where they were more or less identical apart from the 3D feature), this has significantly less functionality and utility. I’m not quite sure what market they are targeting is for this.

    • All the people who play it handheld all the time which is apparently a lot.
      No interest here, mine is 100% docked but I can see a decent market for this. A lot of people will jump in.

      • There absolutely is that appeal, for sure. The only thing, is that over here at least, when you’re looking at the thing in an economic sense, it’d make more sense to save that tiny bit of extra money and get the full thing instead of the cut-down, cutprice version. Like I said elsewhere, the pricing point I really think is what’s going to initially harm this, probably not much, it’s a nintendo product and will definitely sell, but just harm it a bit compared to what it would potentially do. When my son told me about it last night, I first thought ‘We might get one…’ then mentioned the price, and I thought ‘hell no’…

          • They most likely will soon after launch. The price comparison you’re thinking now is just-released lite against 2-year old Switch who has already seen its price reduced to $400 and which can often be found for $360-70. The Lite is currently priced for launch to get the most money out of the people who want the console regardless of price. Wouldn’t be surprised to see it retailing for $250 (on offer) by 2020’s Christmas.

      • It’s not as if the original model is bad at being played in handheld mode though. Mine stays permanently docked personally, but I know plenty of people who take it out and about.

        As I said I also need to question why they didn’t include a kickstand while allowing you to sync another controller to it. How do they expect you to see the screen while using another controller if you can’t stand it up? Are you supposed to hold it in place? Lean it against a wall? Lie it flat on the table and look down at it?

        Regardless, this might be a decent idea but as others have commented in other related stories on here, the price is just too close to the original model. $330 when the full Switch retails for only around $100 more, and can commonly be found for less than $400. A quick Google shows me Amazon Australia currently have it for $379 with free delivery. Harvey Norman of all places currently has it for $388. The Gamesmen are selling it for $399 with a game.

        Why the heck would you pay $330 for this? A device that plays Switch games, but is otherwise not a Switch, and doesn’t have any of the features that make the Switch what it is?

  • Hmm, interesting. While this new version fixes some issues I have with the current device it makes me curious for others. Putting a dpad there makes me really happy. I know why they didn’t have it for the standard device but man it drove me nuts having all these fighting games or traditional 2d based games on the system but no dpad. But making it not removable does take away the simpler methods of getting the switch into RCM mode which takes away the easy custom firmware access. But I also wonder if Nintendo has also purposefully disabled hdmi out on the usb c connection.

      • Yeah, they said in the launch video it didn’t support tv out. Which makes me think that they have purposely disabled it. The hardware and software already has it.

    • Nintendo would consider not being able to set the Switch to RCM mode a design goal, rather than a problem. 🙂

      (Also my understanding is that that particular hack doesn’t work on newer Switches anyway)

      • “Design goal” imo is one of the reasons for the update. Can’t blame them for that. The standard hack doesnt work on some newer patched models but there are still other ways to do it.

  • There is a catch though the Nintendo Switch Lite will not be compatible to charge up your Nintendo Switch Lite in the Nintendo Switch dock which means you won’t be able to play your Switch games in TV Mode and the system also does not have an IR camera and HD Rumble just like the original Nintendo Switch that came out 2 years ago.

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