It has been thought about since its release back in 2017, will Nintendo release a smaller version of the Nintendo Switch? Would this console truly finish off the Nintendo 3DS? Well I think with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite all of those questions have been answered as Nintendo are releasing a handheld version of their trademark console.
A video reveal showcased the new design for the Nintendo Switch Lite which will have a few less features to the original. There is obviously no dock as this is 100% a handheld model and has the Joy-con controls built in to the machine. Whilst you aren’t able to change the Joy-Cons I could easily see stickers/plates going over the Switch Lite.
When the Switch is docked you do see it at its highest quality so it is worrying that the quality could drop on the Switch Lite. Nevertheless, the trailer saw games such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild being played and looking as good as they do on the main console. To find out what games are compatible with the Switch Lite, the back of a games casing will have an icon for handheld play which looks like the Lite. I love how those trailers never show screen glare even in sunny California.
The Switch Lite will be available in yellow, grey and turquoise when it launches on 20th of September and in November there will be a limited edition model in association with Pokemon Sword & Shield. This will feature prints of the games’ legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta. The portable only model is said to be slimmer, compact and more lightweight and sees the left-hand button on the Switch being swapped out for a traditional d-pad.
Games which can’t be played with handheld support can still be played on the Switch Lite as long as you have a pair of regular Joy-Cons which can be connected wirelessly. The console screen size is reduced slightly and there will be no HD rumble or IR camera as well due to the model’s design – a small price to pay for a solid machine.
The size differences see the Switch Lite 3.6″ high and 8.2″ long, whilst the traditional is 4″ high and 9.4″ long. The touch screen has a size change to 5.5″ from the original 6.2″ and now weighs .61lbs in comparison to the previous .88lbs. The battery life is said to range between 3-7 hours which is a slight improvement. It’s all about the little tweaks and adjustments.
I think it’s a great idea and the price-tag that’s been given in America is $199 so I imagine it will be very similar for the UK. As long as the games run well I can’t see anything wrong with the Nintendo Switch Lite! Just give us more games Nintendo!
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