Nintendo officially announces the Nintendo Switch Lite

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Nintendo officially announces the Nintendo Switch Lite

The battery life has been upgraded slightly as well, running between 3 - 7 hours compared to the original machine's 2.5-6.5, with Nintendo noting an increase of an hour in how long you can play Breath of the Wild (from 3 to 4 hours).

After months of rumours and even a few leaks from supply chain sources, today Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite.

When does the Nintendo Switch Lite release?

"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options", said Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser in a statement. Furthermore, the Switch Lite doesn't support local two players games out of the box. The so-called Switch Lite is smaller, lighter, and less versatile than the original console.

In terms of controls, the Switch Lite ditches the detachable Joy-cons in favor of a solid built-in controller setup.

For game compatibility, the Switch Lite will play any game that supports handheld mode on the console, which is pretty much all of them. The Nintendo Switch Lite standard edition launches on September 20th and the new device will retail at an RRP of $199.99, standard consoles now have an RRP of $299.99, so that is quite a saving. To celebrate the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, a limited-edition Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition will launch on November 8, 2019. We'll see how well it's received soon enough, but for now, head down to the comments section and tell us what you think of the Switch Lite! The device sports a more refined design with three distinct colors - yellow, grey, and turquoise.

Smaller Screen The Nintendo Switch Lite has a 5.5 inch LCD touch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Since the controllers are not removable and this console is handheld-only, motion controls won't work. When it comes to your Switch library, as long as the title supports handheld mode, you can pop it in and play it, albeit with some obvious restrictions when it comes to the lack of controller features.

What games will Nintendo Switch Lite play?

But games for the consoles are still selling well, a sign that the Switch's popularity could prove resilient. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

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