Nintendo Adds $200 Switch Lite Device to Handheld Lineup

The cheaper, smaller alternative launches Sept. 20 in three different colorways.

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Nintendo has introduced a new compact gaming device that adds another option to handheld enthusiasts' arsenal, and it's unfortunately not called Diet Nintendo Switch. Instead, the device has taken on the Nintendo Switch Lite moniker, with a release date of Sept. 20.

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

A new addition of the #NintendoSwitch family will arrive on 9/20. With #NintendoSwitchLite, it’s compact and lightweight making it easy to take on the go!

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 10, 2019

Upon launch, the Lite will be available in three different colorways (yellow, turquoise, and gray) at a suggested retail price of $199.99. Those looking for protection will also be able to buy a screen protector and carrying case pack.

Any handheld mode-supporting entry in the Nintendo Switch library is playable on the new Lite device, though some games will have restrictions, details of which will be made readily available to players by way of game packaging and Nintendo eShop descriptions. Notably, the Lite boasts integrated controls and a smaller size than the OG Switch and is also kickstand-less. Additionally, TV output is not supported, meaning there's no need for a dock or HDMI.

The TIME team tried out the new Lite device, with writer Alex Fitzpatrick saying he "came away impressed" after spending 30 minutes giving it a go. The Lite, Fitzpatrick said, is noticeably "lighter and easier to hold" than its larger counterpart. "If I were in the market for a Switch later this year, I can already tell this is the model I would pick," said Fitzpatrick.

For the more collector-minded and Pokémon-focused player, Nov. 8 will bring the arrival of special Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta editions:

#NintendoSwitchLite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will also be available beginning 11/8, while supplies last. This special edition is just in time for the holidays and the release of #PokemonSwordShield on 11/15.

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 10, 2019

The original non-Lite Switch first arrived back in March 2017, having surpassed 32 million in sales as of December 2018.

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