Nintendo's latest Switch is aiming for a more compact gaming experience. Dubbed as “The Nintendo Switch Lite”, this fresh console is a smaller version of the Switch. It’s aimed at providing an even more portable experience.
The added portability of the console makes it reminiscent to the classic GameBoy. However, there are downsides.
Where the original Switch can play all Nintendo Switch games, the Lite version only supports titles that work in Handheld mode.
On the Lite, the Joy-cons are also no longer detachable. This means that the new system will not have the HD Rumble nor the IR Motion Camera.
It's a purely a handheld console that does not offer a docking mode nor a TV Mode.
On the upside, the Lite boasts a longer-lasting battery life of 7-8 hours compared to the original which only lasts for about 2 to 6 hours. It's a huge difference considering its lack of hybrid mechanics. These advantages work their way into pricing too, with the Lite costing $100 less at $199.99 compared to the original's $299.99
For height and width specifications, the original is 4” high, 9.4” long, and .55” deep; the Lite is 3.6” high, 8.2” long, and .55” deep.
Nintendo’s website provided additional details comparing both systems.
Concurrent to its announcement, Nintendo will also release a special themed Pokemon Sword and Shield Switch Lite this November. It is packed with decals and illustrations from legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta.
With this latest (and affordable) version of Nintendo’s console, the future of the Switch looks good.