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Nintendo Switch Lite Pre-Order Guide: Where To Buy, Switch Lite Accessories, And More (US)
The new Switch console arrives this fall.
Nintendo finally confirmed the next iteration of the Switch console family: the Switch Lite, which arrives on September 20. The very first pre-order pages have gone up, so it will soon be possible to reserve your own, including the slick, Pokemon Sword and Shield-themed Zacian and Zamazenta Edition.
The Switch Lite costs $200, versus the full price of a regular Switch at $300. In exchange, the Lite is smaller, can't dock to the TV, and has no detachable Joy-Cons or rumble. It does add a real d-pad, however, which fans have been requesting on the regular Switch since it came out. It seems the new system is a great as a substantially cheaper entry-point into the Switch ecosystem, as well as being more conveniently portable for players that prefer the console's handheld mode anyway. For more details on things like Amiibo support and transferring between consoles, check out everything we've learned about the Switch Lite.
In addition to the Lite, Nintendo has also announced a new Switch that offers better battery life but is otherwise the same system as the original model. That releases in mid-August in the US for the same $300 price as usual. New Joy-Con colors will also be available starting October 4 for $80 per pair: Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange. While the Switch Lite has its controllers permanently affixed to the console, you could still use separate Joy-Cons for local multiplayer games.
Update: Pre-orders are now live for the Switch Lite, and as of last update, all three of the main colors are in stock everywhere. The special-edition Zacian and Zamazenta Switch Lite is sold out at Amazon, but available elsewhere.
Pre-order the Switch Lite
Nintendo Switch Lite (Turquoise) -- $200
Nintendo Switch Lite (Gray) -- $200
Nintendo Switch Lite (Yellow) -- $200
Nintendo Switch Lite (Zacian and Zamazenta Edition) -- $200
Switch Lite accessories
Unsurprisingly, we're beginning to see Switch Lite accessories pop up at several retailers, releasing September 20 alongside the new console. Hori has a solid batch of accessories lined up, including a dual USB playstand (shown above) that can connect two USB controllers for multiplayer. There are screen protectors, carrying cases (including one mysterious GameStop listing for a Link's Awakening Switch Lite case, with no image included), and other accessories already out there that are sure to make your experience with the console better. Keep in mind that if you have the original Nintendo Switch, many accessories you already have will work for the Switch Lite, like Joy-Cons and the Switch Pro controller.
Check out some of the accessory options available for the Switch Lite below.
- Hori Switch Lite Dual USB Playstand -- $30
- Hori Switch Lite Hybrid System Armor (Gray) -- $20
- Hori Switch Lite Screen Protector -- $8
- Hori Switch Lite Screen and System Protector Set -- $15
- Hori Switch Lite Slim Tough Pouch (Blue or Black) -- $17
- Hori Switch Lite System Protector (Transparent) -- $13
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch Lite Slim Case -- $13
- Maxwise Switch Lite Protective Glove (Turquoise or Yellow) -- $10
- PowerA Switch Lite Protection Case (Gray and Yellow) -- $20
- PowerA Switch Lite Stealth Case Kit (Black) -- $15
- PowerA Switch Lite Travel Protection Kit -- $40