The device is $100 less expensive than its predecessor and, as such, it does lack several key features. The Switch Lite has a single “handheld” game-play mode, compared to the additional “TV” and “tabletop” modes of the Nintendo Switch.
If it is not going to Switch between modes, the point of calling it a Switch is lost, particularly when compatible games are limited to those that support handheld mode in the Nintendo Switch Library.
Gamers can buy separate Joy-Con controllers to use wirelessly with other games that don’t support handheld mode.
The new Switch incarnation is lighter at .61 lbs and sports a 5.5″ touchscreen (the older one is 6.2″). This of course means that the overall dimensions are smaller too, with the Switch Lite measuring up at 3.6” x 8.2″ x .55″
Nintendo launched the hybrid Switch console in 2017, and it has gone on to sell more than 30 million units. That Nintendo has launched a new Switch model should come as little surprise, given that the Japanese company introduced some four DS models and six versions of the 3DS.
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said: “Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the line-up gives gamers more colour and price point options. Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favourite Nintendo Switch games.”