Nintendo Switch Lite announced for September release at $199 packing a standard d-pad with Pokémon Sword and Shield variant coming this fall

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 10, 2019 at 5:52 a.m. PDT

It's been long rumored to exist in the shadows, but today Nintendo finally revealed the existence of the Nintendo Switch Lite designed for those who desire only the handheld part of the platform.

Gone are the removable Joy-Cons and TV output support, but in comes a solid dedicated d-pad and extra battery life at a lower price of $199 USD.

Slated for a September 20 release date with yellow gray and turquoise color options, the Nintendo Switch Lite is keeping with the moniker of the DS Lite being smaller and lighter than its predecessor.

"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options," said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. "Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games."

The new system will be able to play all games that currently support handheld mode which means, however that some titles like Super Mario Party and 1-2 Switch will be essentially if not totally unplayable on the Lite.

External Joy-Cons can be connected for multiplayer use though the Lite is also missing the kickstand on the back and the attached controllers do not include the HD rumble feature.

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For $100 less than the base model, the Switch Lite comes packing a 5.5-inch screen as opposed as the original's 6.2-inch display and weighs in at approximately .61 pounds — lighter than the base's .88 pounds.

It will also come sporting slightly expanded battery life with a reported range of 3–7 hours of play time or four hours of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild whlile the original is rated at around three hours of life for the same game.

Fighting game players may be most interested in the fact that the Switch Lite features a dedicated d-pad unlike the standard Joy-Con layout which previously required third-party add-ons or controllers to use on the hybrid platform.

A special Pokémon Sword and Shield-themed Switch Lite will also be launching in North America on November 8 featuring a gray case with cyan and magenta buttons plus artwork of the new legendaries, Zacian and Zamazenta, on the back.

Nintendo has released a new advertisement showing off the Switch Lite which you can check out below along with a new web page where you can compare the original and Lite console features side-by-side.

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