The Nintendo family has a new member on the way. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a handheld unibody console being released on September 20, 2019. The most curious thing about this Switch console, though, is the fact that it doesn’t switch like its homonymous sibling. What exactly does this mean? Is it a bad thing?
Read on to find out everything we know and think about the Switch Lite!
A Console Dedicated to Handheld Play
The Switch Lite was built to be a handheld console. It is lightweight and it has a unibody design with a built-in +Control Pad. It is meant for younger players, as well as for the increasing number of on-the-go gamers.
Unlike with the Standard Nintendo Switch, the Lite’s controllers are not detachable. It is possible to enjoy games in multiplayer mode through Wi-Fi. You can also connect the console to the Joy-Con controllers – bought separately – via Bluetooth, making it possible to play with friends anywhere.
However, the kickstand is also not included in this Switch version and must be bought separately.
With visible improvements when compared to the standard Switch, the Lite has very attractive specs for portable gaming.
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 3.6 x 0.55 inches
- Weight: 0.61 pounds
- Processor: GPU/CPU: “Nvidia customized Tegra” (not confirmed)
- Battery life: From 3 to 7 hours
- RAM: Likely 4GB
- Communication: Wi-Fi, likely Bluetooth 4.1
- Controllers: Built into the system (possible to use the Joy-Con via Bluetooth)
Games and Compatibility
The good news is that the new Nintendo Switch Lite will support virtually almost every Nintendo Switch Game. It supports handheld games, and because Switch titles have the handheld option, you will be able to play all these games in your portable Switch Lite.
However, there are some exceptions: Super Mario Party, which can only be played in docked or tabletop mode, and 1-2 Switch, which requires HD Rumble for some mini-games, are two examples.
Bright and Stylish Options
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three colours: Yellow, Gray and Turquoise. All three colours will be released by September 20, 2019.
There is also a special Pokémon edition: the Zacian and Zamazenta. This edition gets the name from the two new Legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. The stylish design has illustrations of the two Pokémons and buttons in cyan and magenta. This special edition will only be available on November 8, 2019.
The Nintendo Switch Light will be on sale for the price of
$199.99. This is a relatively lower value when we compare it to the standard Switch. However, we must have in mind that this price includes the console only. Games and accessories must be purchased separately, so the console ends up being more costly than the announced price.
Is it bad that the Switch Lite doesn’t Switch?
Not exactly. It all comes down to this: the opinion will vary depending on the type of player. This console was made for on-the-go gamers. For these people, carrying the standard Switch around was probably very impractical. They now have an alternative to play anywhere with a lighter console designed for handholding.
However great the standard Switch may be – and a lot easier to carry around than most platforms -, it’s ideal to play at home, whether connected to the TV, alone on portable mode or with friends on tabletop mode. It’s not made to be carried in your pocket daily.
So the bottom line is that on-the-go players will benefit a lot from the new console, while more versatile gamers will probably still prefer the standard switch and its multiple possibilities.
In the end, we are extremely excited with the Switch Lite’s arrival and can’t wait to try it out. What are your thoughts on the new console? Don’t forget to leave your comment below!