Nintendo Switch Lite, the long rumoured Switch Mini, has finally gone official as the more affordable alternative to the original Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite, as the name suggests, comes with all the functionalities of its pricier sibling but misses out on the features that made the Switch stand out from other handheld consoles. Nintendo has announced that both these gaming consoles will co-exist together in the market and will complement each other. The main distinction point between the two is that while Switch comes with a dock and removable Joy-Con controllers to connect to a television, the Lite variant is only for handheld gaming.
Nintendo Switch Lite features
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a solid unibody-make with the Joy-Con controller now a part of the body. Moreover, Nintendo has replaced the direction buttons on the Switch with a proper D-pad on the Switch Lite for improved gaming. The new Switch Lite has a smaller 5.5-inch touch display with 720p resolution, however, there is no setting for brightness adjustment anymore. The company announced that the there won’t be any performance difference in both models of the Switch except for the Switch Lite’s inability to play motion controlled game as it doesn’t have removable Joy-Con controllers. For this very reason, the Nintendo eShop will warn users about the games that cannot be played in the handheld mode through a warning pop-up when attempting to buy one.
Speaking of the inability to play motion-controlled games, this is because the Switch Lite doesn’t have IR sensors and support for the HD rumble and motion sensors. However, users can buy an extra set of controllers to play these games on their Switch Lite. The Switch Lite supports all accessories including including Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Pro Controller, and the Poké Ball Plus. Apart from this, the Nintendo Switch Lite supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and has built-in gyro controls.
Nintendo Switch Lite price, availability
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be officially launched on September 20th, the same day as the official release of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening game for Switch. Interested buyers will have to shell out $199.99 (~Rs 13,670). The Switch Lite will be made available in three colourways – yellow, grey and turquoise. Nintendo will also launch a Pokemon edition of the Switch Light on November 8th for the same price.