"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options", Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said in a prepared statement. The Switch Lite can't properly play offline multiplayer in Mario Kart 8, removes the second-player Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey, takes out most of the multiplayer fun in Super Smash Bros.
We've gathered all the important information on the Nintendo Switch Lite, so you can quickly become an expert on Nintendo's newest console.
As expected, there are some compromises - the Joy-Con controllers aren't removable anymore, and the absence of a dock means that you won't be able to connect it to a TV either. "Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games".
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The Switch Lite is scheduled to launch on September 20 for $199.99 alongside The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening. (The nickname "Swon't" is being thrown around on Twitter.) Still, the Switch Lite should play almost all the same games, and it's easy to see the new handheld replacing Nintendo's aging 3DS as a cheaper portable system, especially for kids. There's no longer a kickstand, so if you do decide to pair additional controllers, you'll need to find a makeshift way of propping the console up.
According to Nintendo, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a device "dedicated to handheld gameplay". Some Switch games benefit from using a Joy-Con in its horizontal configuration, giving it a layout similar to traditional NES and SNES controllers. By joining the joycons to the main body of the Switch, Nintendo will squeeze out the expensive and sophisticated wireless joycons and create a mobile-first Switch platform.
Battery life is rated at approximately three to seven hours depending on the games you play.
What games will Nintendo Switch Lite play? Nintendo says that it will clearly mark games in retail packaging and online.