Nintendo Switch LITE – The Newest Member of the Nintendo Switch Family

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UPDATE 12/07: Japan Version of Nintendo Switch Lite (Zacian and Zamazenta) Edition now up for pre-order.


Nintendo Switch LITE

It’s been two years since Nintendo launched their best console by far. And yes, it is none other than the Nintendo Switch. It was on March 3, 2017 when Switch was first introduced to the world.

Surprisingly after two and a half years of its existence, Nintendo unveiled the newest addition in the Nintendo Switch family. A lightweight and dedicated handheld system which is perfect to be brought on-the-go! Introducing, Nintendo Switch Lite.

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Since Nintendo Switch Lite is marketed as a portable device dedicated to handheld gameplay, it won’t be the same as to the original Nintendo Switch system that can “switch” to a home console and a handheld device. More so, the control inputs are different from the detachable joy-con controller of the original Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch Lite’s joy-con controllers are now built-in with a proper D-pad. More so, the IR Motion Camera and HD Rumble features have been removed. So, if you need to play games that require motion control, you need to purchase additional joy-con controllers to do so.

Those are just some of the main differences between Nintendo Switch Lite and the original Nintendo Switch. Let’s start to talk about this new Nintendo baby in a much-organized manner.

Sit back, relax, and let’s get to know Nintendo Switch Lite better!


RELEASE DATE

Nintendo is aiming for Nintendo Switch Lite’s worldwide launch on the 20th of September this year. And for Pokemon fans out there, the company will also be releasing a special Pokemon-themed Zacian and Zamazenta Edition that will be released on November 8th.

POKEMON SPECIAL EDITION

Yes, you read that right. Alongside the release of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on November 8, Nintendo will also release the Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. It will come in gray color and features cyan and magenta buttons, with the illustrations of the two legendary Pokemon from the game on the back of the unit.

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NINTENDO SWITCH LITE COLORS

The standard Nintendo Switch Lite will come in three good looking colors. You can choose between yellow, gray, and turquoise. You can check them all out below.

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CAN I PLAY ALL THE NINTENDO SWITCH GAMES IN NINTENDO SWITCH LITE?

No. Since the new Nintendo Switch system is dedicated to handheld gaming, you can only play all the Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode. If you happen to purchase a digital Nintendo Switch game that doesn’t support handheld mode, Nintendo eShop will alert you to that fact. On the other hand, for physical games, you can always check the label on the box whether they support handheld play.

Here are some of the Nintendo Switch games that you can play in the Switch Lite.

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BATTERY LIFE

According to Nintendo, the new system has “slightly” improved its battery life compared to the original one that can last between 2.5-6.5 hours, depending on the game being played. Well, there’s no doubt that Lite will “slightly” improve its battery life knowing that there are no additional batteries in the built-in controllers as well as the “more power-efficient chip layout” of course.

NINTENDO SWITCH & NINTENDO SWITCH LITE COMPARISON

Switch Lite is the very first revision of the original Nintendo Switch and it is much lighter weighing 0.61 pounds which is almost 31% lighter than the original one including the attached joy-cons. As mentioned earlier, the joy-con controllers of the new system are now built-in with a proper D-pad on the left side.

Since the control inputs are different from the original one, the IR Motion Camera and HD Rumble features have been removed. So, if you need to play games that require motion control, you need to purchase additional joy-con controllers to do so.

Again, the new system is solely dedicated for handheld play only, meaning it cannot be connected to a television and doesn’t support the Nintendo Switch dock.

Moving forward, the touchscreen of Lite is a bit smaller. It’s screen measures to 5.5″ compared to the 6.2″ of the original Switch, but, both systems have the same 720p resolution.


WHERE TO BUY?

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If you want to pick up this oh so adorable new Nintendo Switch system, we’re glad to announce that the Australia versions of Nintendo Switch Lite are now open for pre-order here at Playasia. US, Europe, and Japan versions are still under the announced sale status. Stay with us for more updates. For those who want to grab the AU version, you can now reserve yours here at Playasia. Hurry! Secure yours now.

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LASTLY…

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A carrying case and screen protector set will also be available which can be purchased here at Playasia as well. Coming out on September 20th. Click the button below to reserve yours!

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