Nintendo Switch Lite: Smaller, more affordable, handheld-only

The Nintendo Switch is about to get smaller and more affordable.

Nintendo announced the Switch Lite on Wednesday morning, a handheld-only version of their popular console-handheld hybrid.

Unlike the Switch, the Switch Lite features built-in controllers that cannot be removed. It also can’t be docked, which means that there is no television output. You’ll only be playing the Lite on the go. That’s a bummer, but for people who prefer handheld gaming anyway, it might not matter.

At launch, the Switch Lite will come in three different color options: grey, yellow, and turquoise. It will retail for $199, a full $100 cheaper than the Switch, when it is released on September 20.

The announcement is unsurprising but welcome. This follows a long history of Nintendo hardware revisions for their handhelds.

The Game Boy Advance spawned the Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy Micro. The Nintendo DS eventually had a number of configurations, including the Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, and the Nintendo DSi XL. The Nintendo 3DS evolved with the 2DS and also had XL versions.

What do you think? Will you be picking up a Switch Lite? Comment below!

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