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C-net interviews Doug Bowser about the Switch Lite
We believe the two systems will complement each other and coexist in the market,” Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said in a conversation with CNET, distinguishing the Lite as a “compact, lightweight, dedicated gaming device.
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 https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.
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 https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/. * 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.
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Handheld games only
No HD Rumble
The Nintendo Switch Lite also features a battery life of 3-7 hours, a slight improvement over the original’s 2.5-6.5 hours.
There is a report coming from Takashi Mochizuku of the Wall Street Journal that posits that we could expect two new Switch models this year at E3. I’ve seen many rumors like this since the Switch came out, and I’ve often written them off. As we approach 2.5 years with the Switch, the likelihood of this happening continues to increase. I personally think its too soon for Nintendo to do this. After all, the 3DS took 4 years for an upgrade to come out. But then again, the DS to the DS Lite only had a gap of 2 years.
The WSJ states that the cheaper version of the Switch will remove the vibration and detachable joy-cons, and focus more on the portable only experience. While the Pro version will focus on “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers.” I personally don’t see a huge power boost for the Switch as an option, as that would bifurcate the market. However, I could see replacement of the old Tegra chip with something that is more efficient, giving portable users longer battery life for the Lite version, and perhaps a slightly larger screen with the same battery life for the XL version? Who knows. I’m doubtful, but anything is possible.
What do you think? Are we on the road to a new Switch? Or is the WSJ grasping at straws?