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Nintendo Switch Lite revealed, $329.95, coming September 20th

by Oliver BrandtJuly 10, 2019

The rumours have been going wild for months, and now it’s finally here. Introducing the Nintendo Switch Lite. It will launch on September 20th for $329.95AUD.

Nintendo revealed a new member in the Nintendo Switch family today: the Nintendo Switch Lite. A smaller, more compact console, the Nintendo Switch Lite does not have detachable Joy-Cons and is missing HD Rumble and the IR Camera.

It also can’t be docked to a TV, making it a handheld-only device. Don’t worry though, you can still play all the games the normal Switch can, you just might need a couple of extra Joy-Con.

There’s also a new case for the Switch Lite from Nintendo as well.

You can watch the full reveal below. The Nintendo Switch Lite launches on the 20th of September.

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Oliver Brandt
News Editor, sometimes-reviewer, and Oxford comma advocate. If something's published on Vooks, there's a good chance I looked over it first. I spend way too much on games and use way too many em dashes.
  • Laharl1313
    July 11, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Can you still call it a Switch, when it doesn’t switch between anything? Haha.
    Colours look great though!
    Hopefully this one is a little more comfy to hold than the original…

  • q10
    July 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

    isn’t the price of the normal switch similar when on sale?

    • Silly G
      July 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      It’s frequently available for $399.95, and I imagine that it will be available for even less during peak periods (or with a bonus or two instead).

      The higher-than-usual retail price of $329.95 as opposed to $299.95 is likely due to the weak Australian dollar at the moment, which is unfortunate, as it is a tad overpriced when compared with the standard Switch, but I imagine that JB and Big W will be selling it for $299.95 at launch.

  • Jim M.
    July 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

    How do you play Mario Party?

    • Silly G
      July 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Nintendo has been specific about the fact that only games that are playable in handheld mode are supported. Bafflingly, tabletop mode is not supported due to the lack of kickstand, and while some games may be playable in “de facto” tabletop mode, it would be a tad convoluted as player 1 will have to use the actual console’s controllers, which would make it a tad difficult for others to keep track of what’s happening on the screen.

      Furthermore, with games such as Super Mario Party, Pokemon Let’s Go, and Captain Toad (which force single Joy-Con use in local multiplayer) would be unplayable in tabletop mode as the controllers are affixed to the console itself and there would be no way of “splitting” the Joy-Con, so to speak. Other games such as Fun Fun Animal Park and Fitness Boxing (both of which do not support handheld mode) and others will be impossible to play, even with a separate pair of Joy-Con, again, because the controllers are affixed to the console itself, unless a system update allows this to be circumvented, allowing separate controllers to be identifiable as “player 1”, but given the inherent limitations of its design (*cough* lack of kickstand), I don’t think that this will be implemented, at least not right away, though, I suppose tabletop mode could be simulated with the use of a separate stand, so there is hope yet?

      With that said, I would imagine that Nintendo would be more conscientious about making games supported in all three modes going forward (though I imagine that the main exceptions would be motion-heavy games).

      It beggars belief that Nintendo wouldn’t include a kickstand. That would have made almost the entire library playable (with the only exceptions that come to mind are those that may require USB input via the dock, such as the Let’s Sing games), but perhaps they may want players to fork over for an officially licensed stand. I have a feeling that the Lite model will turn out to be more expensive than the standard Switch for a lot of people due to the number of accessories that will be required in order to make the most of it.

  • Nicholas
    July 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    $199 at EBGames if you trade in a New 3DS and 2 games.

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