After months of rumors that a Switch hardware revision was on the horizon—and subsequent denials by Nintendo that they had anything to announce—we finally have confirmation. The Switch Lite is real, and the feature-stripped version of Nintendo’s latest console arrives on September 20, 2019 with the more manageable price tag of $199.99.
The biggest features from the original Switch—TV docking mode, detachable Joy-Cons, and HD rumble—have been stripped away, most likely to justify the $200 price tag. The Switch Lite’s screen will clock in at around 5.5 inches at 720p, a noticeable change from the standard unit’s 6.2 inch, 720p screen. Another notable addition is the inclusion of a traditional D-pad over the previous Switch’s up, down, left, and right buttons.
Here’s what Nintendo of America President, Doug Bowser, had to say on the Switch Lite:
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options. Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
The Switch Lite will be available in three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise. A Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield special edition, coined The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition, will be available closer to the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
For more on the Switch Lite, check out the following announcement video, and for a better look at the color options and that sweet-looking Zacian and Zamazenta Edition, take a look at the gallery below.