Nintendo introduces Nintendo Switch Lite, a device dedicated to handheld game play
10th July, 2019 – Introducing Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite console launches on 20th September and will be available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available. Watch the video below to get a first look at Nintendo Switch Lite.
The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the console into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers, and playing in handheld mode. The console comes with either grey Joy-Con controllers or neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers.
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. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit the official Nintendo Switch website.
The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. The back of game packaging, product pages on Nintendo eShop and here on the official Nintendo website offer information about which features are included and which modes are compatible with specific games.
In addition to the three colours of Nintendo Switch Lite available at launch, Nintendo will release a limited Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition console** on 8th November, featuring stylish cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players will embark on an all-new adventure through the Galar region, where they’ll catch, battle and trade newly discovered Pokémon and discover the mystery behind Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition console will be available while supplies last. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be available 15th November for all Nintendo Switch consoles.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners alike can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles 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****.
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Nintendo introduces Nintendo Switch Lite, a device dedicated to handheld game play. The Nintendo Switch Lite console launches on 20th September and will be available in three different colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.
* For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users will need to have a device to recharge Joy-Con controllers, such as the Joy-Con charging grip.
** Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield software not included.
**** Additional consoles and games required.