The announcement was made in a larger than life Nintendo ad for the new device which included friends meeting up at the park with various types of switches, a Fire Emblem Three Houses cameo and even astronauts playing Switch Lite in space. A more up close and personal feel with Nintendo Switch games using a dedicated handheld to play which is smaller and more easily portable. The full size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is more akin to handhelds and the up, down, left, and right buttons of the original Switch are replaced by a directional pad for the Switch Lite.
The advantages of having a full Nintendo Switch are still clear. The Switch Lite won’t have detachable JoyCons (but external ones can be paired), won’t connect to a television, and IR Motion Camera / HD Rumble are not on-board. Thus, Switch Lite will play any game compatible with Handheld Mode only; Super Mario Maker 2, and mostly all Switch games support this mode – making the Switch Lite’s library huge! The Switch Lite does have longer battery life than the original Switch though, due to these slim downs on its feature-set.
The The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch for September 20, 2019 for $199 USD. Yellow, Grey, and Turquoise are the launch colors which will be available during launch. Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will release November 8, 2019 alongside the new Pokémon Sword and Shield titles it is in tribute to for $199 too.
Finally, the 3DS’ successor is here – and it’s a complete, handheld, slim, and easily portable version of the Nintendo Switch with its critically acclaimed library of first party and third party titles.