Nintendo announces Switch Lite: the long rumored portable-only Switch

July 10, 2019 1 min read

After being badgered constantly by the press and investors alike, Nintendo has finally unveiled a new Switch model: the Switch Lite.

Nintendo states that the device will be portable-only, and will launch on September 20 for $199.99 with three different colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise. The publisher plans on launching an official carrying case and screen protector set for it. So here's the rub. The Switch Lite will not have a kickstand but will support controllers as normal. Also as previously discussed, there will be no TV-out feature at all, and as such no HDMI cable or dock will be bundled with it.

Here's another potential proviso: "The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop." Nintendo says you can read all about the differences here.

So yeah this is kind of what we expected! Will we see a more powerful "Switch Pro" next that's focused on TV-centric play? Probably! Nintendo is going to keep riding this Switch wave for as long as possible, and remember: they want "multiple Switch units per household." This is the way to do it, by phasing out the 3DS and having the Switch Lite be the "entry point" for a younger audience while the normal model/Pro satiate the hardcore crowd.

Nintendo announces Switch Lite: the long rumored portable-only Switch screenshot