If you are more of a handheld gaming person then I supposed Nintendo Switch‘s capability as a game console makes no sense to you. You could go full on mobile gaming but that wouldn’t be as fun, would it? Well, that’s exactly the void the new Nintendo Switch Lite aims to fill. At a glance, the Lite variety looks no different from the standard Switch, but there are actually a couple of differences.
Firstly, it can be used as a console (duh) and secondly, the Joy-Con controllers are built into the device. So, yeah, there’s no removing them which means the joy of tethered free controllers is non existence. However, multiplayer is still supported, allowing up to right Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch users to play multiplayer games together. With compatible games and Nintendo Switch Online membership, online gaming is possible too.
Other features include access to Nintendo eShop to buy digital games and DLC, access to up-to-date news feed, receive game updates and announcements, and take and save screenshots which you can add text before sharing on social media. Nintendo Switch Lite is slated to launch on September 20 with a $199.99 sticker.
However, Pokémon fans may want to hold out for a special Pokémon-themed version, the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. This Pokémon edition version features cyan and magenta buttons, along with sleek illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games for Nintendo Switch. It will arrive on November 8 for the same $199.99.
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