Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite: A Dedicated Handheld That's Launching This September

By Shabana Arif on at

Well, the rumours were true: the Nintendo Switch Lite is coming this Autumn and I think we can all bid farewell to the 3DS at last.

Announced today, the Lite is a more compact version of the Switch that's all about portable, handheld gaming. Being a dedicated handheld, it won't connect to your TV, and it's had a few design overhauls to fit its new purpose.

The Joy-Cons are nowhere to be seen – it's a single unit to make it easier for portability, and the directional buttons have been swapped out for a proper d-pad. And, as we expected in the smaller, cheaper model, the HD rumble features and IR motion have been removed. So you'll need extra Joy-Cons for any game that needs motion controls to play it. When it comes to your Switch library, as long as the title supports handheld mode, you can pop it in and play it, albeit with some obvious restrictions when it comes to the lack of controller features.

There's more on the differences on Nintendo's page to help you pick which model of Switch is right for you, but it's basically been paired back to the essentials - no kickstand, no docking, no detachable Joy-Cons - and has roughly the same battery life.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is launching on September 20 and you can pick from yellow, turquoise, and grey.

If you want to hold out for something that looks a bit fancier, Nintendo is releasing a limited Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition console featuring "featuring stylish cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon" from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. This version of the console will be available on November 8.