Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Nintendo Switch Lite Is Getting A Special Pokémon Sword And Shield Edition

Nintendo Switch Lite Is Getting A Special Pokémon Sword And Shield Edition

The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacia and Zamazenta edition will be available November 8.

Nintendo today quietly unveiled a new version of its Switch console, which has proven to be a record-breaking success for the Japanese gaming giant. It'll be lighter, smaller and have slightly more battery life.

Supports handheld games (but some may need an additional Joy-Con) Nintendo Switch Lite supports all Nintendo Switch software that can be played in handheld mode.

The major difference between the Lite and the Original Switch, or Switch Prime if you will, is that the Lite will not work with a TV. 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.

After months of rumors, Nintendo has made the cheaper Nintendo Switch a reality.

Speaking on the sales front, the Nintendo Switch Lite's lack of features with a name that doesn't clearly indicate how much functionality it removes might be a crucial deterrent or mitigating factor come the holiday shopping season.

The Switch Lite is created to be exclusively portable. So, you won't be able to use motion controls in games. Wireless controllers can still be connected to Switch Lite. While the battery life increase is anything but dramatic, it is a nice touch considering the focus on portability and handheld exclusive play. On top of that, other small features like the IR Motion Camera and HD Rumble have been removed as well. While the standard Switch has a 6.2-inch screen, the Switch Lite's screen clocks in at 5.5 inches. Available color options will include yellow, grey and turquoise. A notable addition is the D-pad which replaces the directional buttons of the original Switch. To find play mode compatibility information for specific games, please refer to the product packaging or Nintendo eShop.

That's a fair saving on the launch price of the Nintendo Switch at $299.99 / £279.99 / AU$469.95, and it shows what the Switch Lite is meant to be - an affordable version of the Switch.

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