Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199

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Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Lite, a new version of Switch created to play Switch games in handheld mode. Fortunately, we'll continue to update this list with any future games that aren't fully compatible with the Nintendo Switch Lite if and when such games are released.

The $200 device is, for all intents and purposes, a new portable gaming system from Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is set to release on September 20th of 2019 and comes in three colors - gray, turquoise and yellow. The handheld only take on Nintendo's console can even use motion controls and rumble if you sync Joy-Cons from the bigger original console.

As it's a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can't be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Nintendo points out that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will yield around 4 hours of gameplay on the Switch Lite (versus 3 hours on the Switch).

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There have been rumours of a slimmed down Nintendo Switch console for quite a while and Nintendo have now revealed that is exactly the case. The IR sensors are gone too, which means the Switch Lite won't work with any of the Nintendo Labo kits. It's thinner and about as long as the original Switch without one of its Joy-Cons.

While it's a minor issue, the Switch Lite will port over the Switch's inability to connect to Bluetooth speakers/headphones. It's about the size of the original Switch with one controller removed.

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The Lite has a smaller 5.5-inch screen with 720p resolution (down from the 6.2-inch screen of the original) and the chassis has been shrunk to 3.6x8.2x.55 inches in dimension. As such, you can't plug it into your telly, and you can't remove the Joy-Con controllers; they're fixed to the unit. We expected the console to be available at around the £180 mark, but we wouldn't be surprised if these £199.99 listings turn out to be accurate.

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