The Switch Lite Is Officially Open For Pre-Order (US)

The new Switch console arrives this fall.

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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 beginning to go 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

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Nintendo Switch Lite (Turquoise) -- $200

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Nintendo Switch Lite (Gray) -- $200

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Nintendo Switch Lite (Yellow) -- $200

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Nintendo Switch Lite (Zacian and Zamazenta Edition) -- $200

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