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Nintendo answered all our gaming prayers this week by announcing its latest and much-anticipated addition to the Nintendo Switch Family – the Switch Lite.
Switch Lite is a new and compact console that’s dedicated to play in handheld mode, making it a less expensive option to the popular console hybrid.
It will cost $199 – $100 less than the base unit – and the new console is expected to be launched in September 20, 2019.
There is no news yet on a UK price just yet, but we would expect it to be around £179 – £100 cheaper than the regular Switch.
Is it time to make the Switch to a Lite console?
There are a number of new improvements with Switch Lite – it is lightweight and has an improved battery life.
Switch Lite comes with a a 5.5-inch touch display, compared to the previous Switch device which was 6.2-inch and will be, unsurprisingly, marginally lighter.
With the new Switch Lite, Nintendo has decided to focus on a more compact and portable console based on how people use the device.
However, in order to make the console cheaper and smaller, the Switch Lite comes with a few downsides too. These include the console’s inability to connect to TV and its lack of detachable controllers.
It also wont have IR motion and HD vibration, if that stuff is important to you.
For example, if you want to use motion controls to catch monsters in Pokémon Let’s Go, you will need to get an additional pair of Jon-Coy.
Following the release of the new Switch, Nintendo of America has just unveiled two additional versions of the console – the Zacian and Zamazenta editions.
“Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will also be available beginning 11/8, while supplies last,” their Twitter post read. “This special edition is just in time for the holidays and the release of #PokemonSwordShield on 11/15.”
Once pre-orders are up and ready (for UK readers) we will let you know. But for now, American readers – you lucky things – can pre-order them now from BestBuy for $199.99.
We are still waiting on Nintendo to drop the news of the more powerful Switch that will inevitably be on the way – but we will keep you posted as soon as we hear.
The Switch Lite arrives on September 20, 2019.