Nintendo Switch Lite is real and we know the release date, cost, and special Pokemon edition details

The existence of a Nintendo Switch Lite has been heavily rumoured for some time now, and to nobody’s surprise, they turned out to be true. Everything from the Nintendo Switch Lite price (opens in new tab) and release date to the specs have been confirmed officially by Nintendo, so read on for all the Nintendo Switch Lite information, including the details on different colors and special Pokemon Sword & Shield (opens in new tab) editions. Have a look at the Nintendo Switch Lite trailer below. 

Nintendo Switch Lite release date and cost

Nintendo Switch Lite Turquoise

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 Start saving your pennies, because while the Nintendo Switch Lite is cheaper than a standard console, you’ll still be looking at paying $200 for it (you can find the top deals by visiting our guide on the best Nintendo Switch bundles (opens in new tab), by the way). It will play all of your existing Switch games, but with one caveat; it can’t be docked and connected to the TV in any way, which means it’s a strictly handheld device only. You can however connect other Joy-Cons to the console for multiplayer, but you’re all going to be crowded round that small screen.

When is the Nintendo Switch Lite release date? Right in time for the busy gaming season of the year, the Nintendo Switch Lite release date is September 20, 2019. That means there’s just a few short months to wait, and you’ll be able to pick it up in yellow, grey, and turquoise. An interesting choice of colours, and very surprising there’s no red given that it’s a Nintendo console. If they don’t tickle your fancy though, you can grab a special Pokemon Sword & Shield version of the Nintendo Switch Lite called the Zacian & Zamazenta edition, named after two of the legendary Pokemon in the games. This is available a week before the release of the games, which means the games won’t come bundled with it.

Nintendo Switch Lite specs 

Nintendo Switch Lite Zamian & Zamazenta Edition

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When it comes to the specs and missing features that make it a “lite” version of the Nintendo Switch, one of the big takeaways – alongside the lack of TV support – is no kickstand, so it can’t even be stood up on a table. It’s got 32GB of storage, the same as the base console, and don’t worry; if you like having a truck load of games installed at the same time, the MicroSD card slot is still there. According to Nintendo, it also has a better processor, which means 20%-30% longer battery life. It still has a standard headphone jack – but no wireless/bluetooth support – but since it’s smaller, the Nintendo Switch Lite cannot be used with Nintendo Labo (sorry to disappoint those already looking for Nintendo Labo deals (opens in new tab)). In the official press release, Nintendo mention that “some games will have restrictions”, but give no details as to what they’ll include. Expect information on that prior to the console launching.

In terms of the size of the console, the original Switch measures at 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm with both Joy-Cons attached. The Nintendo Switch Lite size on the other hand is 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm, making it noticeably smaller. It will also weigh 22g less than the standard console at 275g in total. The LCD screen is 5.5 inches, 0.7 inches smaller than the original, and it doesn’t support “HD Rumble” – in other words, vibration. Nintendo has a neat “Which Nintendo Switch is right for you?” page (opens in new tab) if you’d like to compare the two directly. 

Nintendo Switch Plus? 

In the original Wall Street Journal report (opens in new tab) about Switch production moving countries from China to Taiwan and Vietnam, it mentions there being two new Nintendo Switch consoles in production. This is only one of them and if the report comes out to be true, it likely means we can expect another Switch version at some point, most likely a more powerful one. Since it still hasn’t been officially confirmed, we’ve got no word on that yet, but we’ll write about it as soon as we do! 

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