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Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld System

  • Rumors have been circulating for months about a new model for the Switch.
  • The Nintendo Switch Lite is handheld only with no removable Joycons.
  • Certain games that use HD Rumble or the IR Camera require other controllers.

People have been awaiting the announcement for a new model of the Nintendo Switch ever since the rumors about its existence began to circulate. Now, rumor is reality with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The system was announced early on July 10th with a brief announcement video.


This differs from the standard Switch in a few ways, as outlined in the announcement. The Switch Lite is completely handheld, without docking features or removable controllers. The system also lacks HD Rumble and the IR Camera features that came with the removable Joycon controllers. If you want to play games that use these features on your Switch Lite, then you will have to get your hands on an extra pair of Joycons.

The biggest change is that some games will be incompatible with the new model. Nintendo warns players that, just to be safe, they need to check for the Handheld Compatible logo on the back of the box for their games. It was not announced what games will be incompatible, but Nintendo first-party titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  

The Switch Lite comes in three colors, Yellow, Grey, and Turquoise. It will be available on September 20th, 2019.

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  1. So a Switch that doesn’t switch. One for the Japanese market perhaps. I’m pretty happy with my current version of the NS.

  2. I wonder would it really have been so difficult to add a possibility to connect it to TV? Now it’s seems quite useless compared to the original one. Hopefully the original Switch’s price drops a little after this one’s release.

  3. I’m guessing the fan and chipset for TV out are all still present so hackers have a new achievement to unlock. I was also hoping this system would be smaller and more Vita size. Nintendo Switch seems to be DOA for me this generation. I’m still loving my New 3DS.

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