Nintendo Switch Lite Announced; Cheaper Alternative Will Be Handheld Only

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However, those games that do not support handheld mode, there will be a way by pairing a separate pair of Joy-Cons to the device.

The Nintendo Switch is a rather impressive device for what it can do but if you simply look at the specs, it can be pretty disappointing.

The Switch Lite also won't feature HD Rumble or IR motion controls.

Go to the "Home" menu and select "Controllers".

As we've stated above, the Nintendo Switch Lite will play all games that work in handheld mode but won't necessarily be able to play everything in the current or future catalogue. For those who now own a Nintendo Switch, the company is planning to let users transfer their data to the new system.

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Shares of Nintendo jumped on the news. You'll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad. They will be on the Nintendo's major console, the Switch. "We'll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand", said Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser.

The Lite won't connect to a TV and is slightly smaller than its sibling.

"Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favourite Nintendo Switch games". As far as we can tell, there are no Switch games that run docked only, but if we learn about one - or if a new one is released - we'll add it to the list below.

The $329 price tag is undoubtedly the Switch Lite's biggest selling point, and it will certainly entice those who've been on the fence about making the investment. But if I did (and if Nintendo would announce a damn Pro version), I'd mostly play it undocked. The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20 and costs $200, a sharp drop from the original model, which retails for $300. Without detached controllers or the ability to fit the system into Labo constructions, there's no way to play Labo on the Switch Lite. This would have the biggest impact on Labo games, though Labo wouldn't have worked anyway because it also requires removable Joy-Cons. See the image below for reference.

It's unclear what these new components might be, but the Switch employs a Tegra X1 processor that's been launched four years ago, and could definitely use an upgrade. In addition, Nintendo will release a special Pokémon-themed edition that set to arrive with the new game "Pokémon Sword & Shield".

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