Nintendo Switch Lite announced at $199, launches September 20th, "dedicated handheld" (smaller, has D-Pad, has gyro, no HD Rumble, no dock/TV output)

Which colour Nintendo Switch Lite is your favourite?

  • Grey

    Votes: 775 19.9%
  • Yellow

    Votes: 878 22.5%
  • Turquoise

    Votes: 1,401 36.0%
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Edition

    Votes: 843 21.6%

  • Total voters


Oct 25, 2017

Releasing: September 20, 2019
Price: $199
Comes in three colors (Grey, Yellow, Turqoise)
Does not have detachable JoyCons (though JoyCons can be paired), can't be docked to the TV, no HD rumble
Has D-Pad!

Full press release:

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a video today, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.

“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online** or local wireless multiplayer***.

For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit

* For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users will need to have a device to recharge Joy-Con controllers, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.
**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.
***Additional systems and software required.
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Oct 25, 2017
Wow, this seems like a pretty early announcement for a late September release. Cool to have it finally revealed though, looks good!


Oct 27, 2017
In other words, it's like the equivalent of 2DS, a cheaper adapted version. Cool for kids or people who just want a handheld, I suppose.


Nov 3, 2017
Definitely getting if it's easy enough to use a profile on 2 Switches. I almost never use mine docked.


Oct 25, 2017
Will wait on more colors.

Hoping for symmetrical sticks was probably too optimistic.


Oct 25, 2017
Holy shit. Fixed d-pad.

I want it.

Edit: Never mind. This seems dumb.

No HD rumble, smaller screen. This looks like it wants to fully commit to replacing the 3DS.