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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced, Launches September 20 for $199

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced, Launches September 20 for $199 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 July 2019 / 2,874 Views

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Lite. It is a handheld only version of its hybrid console, the Switch. It will launch worldwide on September 20 for $199.99. It will be available in turquoise, grey and yellow color variations. 

The regular Switch features detachable Joy-Cons, while the Switch Lite has integrated controls and is a smaller size. It does not have a dock and does not support video output to a TV. It can play all games in the Switch library. 

View a video of the Nintendo Switch Lite below:


"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options," said Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. "Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games."

Nintendo will release a limited edition Switch Lite model alongside the release of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on November 8 for $199.99 called Zacian and Zamazenta Edition.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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51 Comments

gtotheunit91 (on 10 July 2019)

The biggest thing I really like about this revision is it doesn't make my Switch seem obsolete already.


Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

The opposite, really, it only cements yours as the superior version. The only thing the Lite has the original beat on is size.


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Medisti (on 10 July 2019)

But one of them lacking features could lead to devs ignoring those so it's the same experience for everyone/cheaper. That's my big concern.


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Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

@Medisti Yep. I am anticipating games expecting to play undocked from this point on. It'll be the opposite effect of the XB1X and PS4Pro in that future releases will run better on the prior model (when it's docked, at least) since those games anticipate running off of a battery instead of an AC power cord.


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KLAMarine (on 10 July 2019)

"The only thing the Lite has the original beat on is size."

And price.


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Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

Price isn't a part of system specs.


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KLAMarine (on 10 July 2019)

@Azuren ...It sorta is... Sorta...


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PAOerfulone (on 11 July 2019)

And battery life.


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Azuren (on 11 July 2019)

@KALMarine In the context of determining which one is a better machine, let's ignore the price. Yes, the $200 price tag is fucking dope. My girlfriend has already expressed interest in grabbing a pair for her kids, and my daughter wants the yellow one for herself despite already owning the Let's Go! edition.

But in a comparison of the two machines, the Lite has very few advantages over the standard model and really only serves to boost its image. This is in contrast to the XB1/S and XB1X (or to the PS4/Slim and PS4 Pro) in which the updated model only highlights how lacking the previous model is. While Sony and Microsoft made their previous models and revisions feel outdated and underpowered, Nintendo only highlighted just how great the original Switch was in the first place.


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chakkra (on 10 July 2019)

This is a great move by Nintendo. I think this will increase sales substantially.


trunkswd (on 10 July 2019)

$100 less will definitely drive sales. There are plenty of gamers that would only use the Switch as a handheld.


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Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

"Switch will never have a handheld-only version! it goes against the entire naming scheme!"


andres (on 11 July 2019)

Then comes Nintendo: "Hold my beer."


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Azuren (on 11 July 2019)

I'm just waiting for the Switch Home now, and I would like to see a "pro dock" that enables streaming via Twitch/Youtube.


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Machina (on 10 July 2019)

Will seriously consider picking one up. The Switch didn't interest me but this does because it's a pure dedicated handheld without any of the fluff and at a much nicer price range.


trunkswd (on 10 July 2019)

For me it is the opposite. 95 percent of the time I have the Switch docked. Than again if I am playing the Switch it is usually on stream.


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Medisti (on 10 July 2019)

A Switch that can't Switch. Huh. I really hope this doesn't cause devs to abandon the HD Rumble and split Joy-Con play, because I like or use those.


Qwark (on 10 July 2019)

Nintendo will surely leave that ship, so yeah those functions are pretty much obsolete now.


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Jranation (on 11 July 2019)

The Original Switch is on its way to reach 40mil, with already 32mil+ confirmed. Why would they ignore that amount of people?


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Dgc1808 (on 10 July 2019)

I mostly play docked so no tv support is a deal breaker for me. Even got a second dock to switch between rooms and still play my preferred way. Would have liked a smaller switch for when i'm out and about but I don't see having 2 as reasonable.


trunkswd (on 10 July 2019)

I think it's more for people who love their 3DS and don't play console games on a TV.


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withdreday (on 10 July 2019)

Remember when people said this was just a "silly rumor"? There was too much smoke here for this rumor not to be true.


Mystro-Sama (on 11 July 2019)

Its cool that both are targeting different audiences and can exist together. Though I think the original's detachable joy cons and tv play make the extra $100 worth it.


crissindahouse (on 10 July 2019)

Was hoping for a smaller Switch but still playable on TV. Normal Switch is too expensive for how much I would use it but for games like Mario Kart I need it to work with a TV to play with others. But it sounds like an awesome device for those who want to play it always without a TV.


eddy7eddy (on 10 July 2019)

I'm not sure, but the Switch Lite's Base looks like you can hook it somewhere, Probably a new Slimmer Dock in the future?


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Zenos (on 10 July 2019)

So a Switch that doesn't switch. One for the Japanese market perhaps. I'm pretty happy with my current version of the NS.


thismeintiel (on 10 July 2019)

This will definitely be the peak year for the Switch, now.


Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

Definitely. Dropping the price like this will be hard to beat. I predict this will be the year the base PS4 and XB1 hit $150 just to keep pace.


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poroporo (on 10 July 2019)

They should make one that's just like an android tv box. No screen, no battery, 2 joycons with a charging grip and a cable. That wouldn't cost a lot to make.


Azuren (on 10 July 2019)

I would prefer a Switch Pro Controller to be packed in.


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thetonestarr (on 10 July 2019)

Also it has a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the current 6.2-inch one. Still 720p.


poroporo (on 10 July 2019)

It's fine for what it is, but maybe a tad too expensive. $160-170 and that thing would go nuclear.


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trunkswd (on 10 July 2019)

I'd think $100 cheaper is enough to push sales up a fair amount. Better than the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, which is just $50 less MSRP.


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Liquid_faction (on 10 July 2019)

I hope they have more colors than that, cause it's too "bright." I like my consoles to have a darker shade.


andres (on 11 July 2019)

Nintendo has announced 3 color versions - yellow, grey and turquoise. To be honest, none of these fit my tastes but still, they offer 3 color variants.


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SuperRetroTurbo (on 10 July 2019)

So how exactly is it a "switch?" Switch from larger to smaller? Back to extra large? That one's called the Switch Triple.


Jranation (on 11 July 2019)

Have you heard of PS Vita TV?


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thetonestarr (on 10 July 2019)

Some corrections. (1) Typo - *Joy-Cons not Joy-Jobs. (2) Pokemon Sword/Shield edition is one console, not two.


trunkswd (on 10 July 2019)

Thank you. I've updated the article.


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KLAMarine (on 10 July 2019)

A joy-job sounds dirty.


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Immersiveunreality (on 11 July 2019)

Aaaah i might get this when it's out but the battery life is a negative,if it wants to focus on being a handheld it should have a better increase in battery.


tripenfall (on 10 July 2019)

Here is Australia the RRP for the Lite is $329. You can buy the current Switch for $379 today (even though the RRP is $449) so to save $50 you give up a whole lot of features. Don't get me wrong the Lite looks cool but I can't help but think it needed to be cheaper than this to make the impact that Nintendo is looking for...


Jranation (on 11 July 2019)

Something is wrong with Australian price or taxes. US have the Switch at 299 while in AU it was 449.


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Barkley (on 11 July 2019)

The lite will drop below RRP soon enough just as the original has. The price difference will increase when the lite gets deals.


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tripenfall (on 11 July 2019)

Jranation yep well $1 AUD is about 70c USD but also the $449 price includes all taxes and you don't pay tax after the sale like you do in the USA. Over here we build all taxes into the price. Also, the US enjoys cheaper goods in general, if you have the time check the prices on the UK E Shop and look at how much Nintendo is charging for digital products over there in comparison to the USA....


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Mr Puggsly (on 11 July 2019)

I'm still gonna wait for price cuts on the standard Switch. This is kinda like buying a X1 without a disc drive. I dont want less features.


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Snesboy (on 10 July 2019)

No thanks. Also the color choices are awful.


KLAMarine (on 11 July 2019)

I think the dark gray one is cool.


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Qwark (on 10 July 2019)

Nintendo needs a new intro and logo for the Switch, since the removable Joy Cons where kind a Switch is thing. Anyways I like the new design it cut lose all the gimmicks and really became a bigger better Vita that delivers om the promise of consolegaming on the go. For everyone thst was excited about rumble HD and Switch motion controls, those are obsolete now.


Barkley (on 11 July 2019)

Yeah you're right, all the marketing has the "Click" sounds of the Joycons connecting and animations of it. Will need to change.


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Ka-pi96 (on 10 July 2019)

meh. When they have a cheaper home console only version (and add an achievement system) maybe I'll be interested. But this doesn't interest me in the slightest.


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