Switch Lite Announced - $200

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#1 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (19735 posts) -

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-lite-announced-price-release-date-/1100-6468325/

Nintendo has announced a new version of the Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a leaner version of the existing Switch model that sacrifices some features for a cheaper $200 price tag. It will be available starting September 20.

The Switch Lite features a 5.5-inch screen that displays at a resolution of 720p. This shrinks the screen down slightly from the original Switch's 6.2-inch size. Additionally, the Switch Lite will no longer be able to connect to TVs via USB-C and HDMI. This means that the Switch Lite is being positioned as a purely handheld platform, as opposed to a hybrid like the original.

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#2 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

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#3 Edited by xantufrog (11506 posts) -

So, not really a "Switch" then

I note it has a d-pad though, which is good

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#4 Posted by Calvincfb (1590 posts) -

I didn't like it, the OG Switch is perfectly fine for me.

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#5 Posted by blackfiragas (76 posts) -

They should also make another lite that is only the dock. I'm not interested in buying a switch, but if I was I would only care about having it to a screen since I don't care about the mobility aspect.

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#6 Posted by Pedro (34907 posts) -

Home console gaming,abandoned. 😯

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#7 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@xantufrog said:

So, not really a "Switch" then

I note it has a d-pad though, which is good

$200 d-pad. I'm in!

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#8 Posted by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -
@xantufrog said:

So, not really a "Switch" then

oh snap

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#9 Posted by Ovirew (9076 posts) -

Could have called it the "Blade", positioned it as an extention of the Switch lol.

They are decent color options. I'm partialto the grey, and turquoise is nice, but something about the yellow really pops well. It reminds me a bit of the experimental game system with the crank that's coming out. And maybe Pikachu. Yellow may be the bold choice this time around.

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#10 Posted by jcrame10 (5103 posts) -

Lolz so what’s the point? Why not just reduce the price of the $300 Switch by a little bit instead of spending resources to develop a product that does LESS than your current one?

It’s just trying to be a successor to the 3DS which is not needed right now with the Switch being so relevant still.

Stupid is as Nintendo does.

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#11 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

That might be too small...

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#12 Posted by pyro1245 (5051 posts) -

Still looks like an ergonomic nightmare.

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#13 Edited by FireEmblem_Man (19735 posts) -

@jcrame10: $200 dedicated handheld Switch + Pokemon Sword & Shield = Massive Holiday Sales

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#14 Edited by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -
@blackfiragas said:

They should also make another lite that is only the dock. I'm not interested in buying a switch, but if I was I would only care about having it to a screen since I don't care about the mobility aspect.

Removing the docking functionality is kind of a blow to people who only care about playing the traditional way.

Portability is cool for trips or taking a plane somewhere, not something I really want to do while relaxing at home with access to my nice 50' 4k TV.

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#15 Edited by jcrame10 (5103 posts) -

@FireEmblem_Man: yeah but why would anyone wanna buy this when you can get the same thing that works on the TV too?

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#16 Posted by svaubel (4131 posts) -

If I didn't already have a launch-day Switch, I would definitely get the Pokémon themed one.

Have a feeling the $199 little brother Switch is going to be the hot item this holiday. Smart move by Nintendo.

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#17 Posted by XVision84 (16220 posts) -

This is just disappointing imo. For $100 you have no detachable controllers, no hd rumble, no docking, no connecting to tv, no ir camera, and a smaller screen. That's a lot of sacrifices. I'm sure it'll still be very successful though.

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#18 Posted by Heirren (1445 posts) -

Whats stopping them from adding tv-out? Im thinking theyll add that with an over priced accessory.

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#19 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@FireEmblem_Man said:

@jcrame10: $200 dedicated handheld Switch + Pokemon Sword & Shield = Massive Holiday Sales

2019 is gonna be an easy win for Nintendo. I wouldn't be surprised if the Switch passes the Xbox One LTD sales this year... (which is a HUGE LOL at Lems)

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#20 Posted by Evil_Loli (160 posts) -

I'll probably getting myself Pokemon Sword/Shield+original Switch model this November cause I'm not feeling this new design, it's 2DS all over again.

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#21 Posted by scatteh316 (10252 posts) -

So this is the replacement for the 3DS.....

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#22 Posted by jcrame10 (5103 posts) -

@scatteh316: exactly, except it plays all the same games as the original Switch. Makes no sense

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#23 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@jcrame10 said:

@scatteh316: exactly, except it plays all the same games as the original Switch. Makes no sense

How does it not make sense? Why fragment the user-base? This means more $ for Nintendo and more convenience for consumers. It's a win-win for everyone involved...

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#24 Edited by DaVillain- (36901 posts) -

Looks pretty nice if I do say so myself. Very good move Nintendo. Good to see it’s still compatible with joy cons too for the games that wouldn’t work otherwise.

To the people complaining, have you ever considered, that maybe, you’re not the target market Nintendo is after? Granted, wanna go cheap, buy this version but want the best Switch version, go buy the original model. Still love my original Switch model, no complaints.

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#25 Edited by jcrame10 (5103 posts) -

@goldenelementxl: how is splitting up the sales of their system really helping...lol it’s no different than Xbox One, S and X or the PS4/PRO

Since no new games are coming they’ve already lost a sale from me and I’m sure millions of others

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#26 Posted by Heirren (1445 posts) -

Is the weight difference listed anywhere?

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#27 Edited by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@jcrame10 said:

@goldenelementxl: how is splitting up the sales of their system really helping...lol it’s no different than Xbox One, S and X or the PS4/PRO

What is it splitting? It's cheaper and more portable, which may be a selling point to those still on the fence. It's more durable which targets the younger audience. Your Pro/X comparison doesn't work here because the Switch Lite is cheaper than its predecessor, and only introduces minor confusion as far as controller functionality is concerned. No one needs to bother with what type of TV they have. The Switch Lite doesn't output to a TV. The Switch Lite broadens it's target audience while the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro targeted a niche group of consumers.

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#28 Posted by DaVillain- (36901 posts) -

@jcrame10 said:

@goldenelementxl:

Since no new games are coming they’ve already lost a sale from me and I’m sure millions of others

Did you honestly forgot about Pokemon Sword & Shield releasing this November? And like the loli said above, I'm sure most consumers who hasn't gotten a Switch yet will most likely buy Pokemon Sword & Shield Switch special edition model.

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#29 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@jcrame10 said:

Since no new games are coming they’ve already lost a sale from me and I’m sure millions of others

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#30 Edited by KungfuKitten (26635 posts) -

^__^ I think it looks exactly like what most people were guessing. Even the name. 33% discount means a lot to casual gamers. Pokemon fans especially may be interested in something like this, and the Pokemon LE Switch Lite looks pretty good.

For some families, buying 2 of these for the children may even beat buying 1 normal Switch at that price. For starters, they won't take up TV time/aesthetic.

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#31 Posted by Maroxad (15263 posts) -

So how will this function with Super Mario Odyssey? A game which forces you to use a joycon to grab a few of the stars.

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#32 Posted by Heirren (1445 posts) -

Whats the battery life?

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#33 Posted by DaVillain- (36901 posts) -

@Maroxad said:

So how will this function with Super Mario Odyssey? A game which forces you to use a joycon to grab a few of the stars.

Not just Super Mario Odyssey, also for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the motion control puzzle shrines do not work in handheld mode at all. You have to remove the joycons to finish those puzzles. Nintendo sure has alot of explaining to do.

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#34 Posted by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -
@heirren said:

Whats stopping them from adding tv-out? Im thinking theyll add that with an over priced accessory.

😂It's funny because

😭It's probably true

I can totally see Nintendo doing that which is really sad. They'll make up any difference lost in not buying the original with an add on of equal price.

Now I need you to tell me the next winning lotto numbers.

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#35 Edited by ThatDBFan (350 posts) -

No TV connectivity? No detachable controllers or anything thing? Welp, looks like I'm not getting the Lite version.

Seriously, how stupid can Nintendo be? If they wanted a cheaper Switch, the better option imo would've been to just lower the price of the regular switch rather than releasing one that barely does anything to original did.

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#36 Posted by Pedro (34907 posts) -

So, with Nintendo making hard push to handheld gaming only with the Switch Lite, are they going to totally abandon the home console market?

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#37 Posted by DaVillain- (36901 posts) -

@Pedro said:

So, with Nintendo making hard push to handheld gaming only with the Switch Lite, are they going to totally abandon the home console market?

No.

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#38 Posted by Archangel3371 (28120 posts) -

Looks not bad. I have a launch Switch and this doesn’t really tempt me to get it to either replace what I currently have or to have a second Switch system. I’ll wait and see if they have a Switch Pro in the future. I think that this a pretty smart thing for Nintendo to do as I’m sure there will be plenty of people willing to pick up this cheaper Switch for a variety of reasons.

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#39 Posted by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -
@Pedro said:

So, with Nintendo making hard push to handheld gaming only with the Switch Lite, are they going to totally abandon the home console market?

They kinda already been for a while. The ability to play on TV with Wii U and Switch was kinda just a bonus for those units with Nintendo IMO.

Nintendo: "Here's our band new hand held system...oh yeah, and you can play on TV too if you're into that."

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#40 Posted by uninspiredcup (33649 posts) -

The Switch was too big and uncomfortable to begin with, as a handheld, it sucked butt compared to the 3DS.

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#41 Posted by SecretPolice (35327 posts) -

:P

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#42 Posted by Heirren (1445 posts) -

@boxrekt:

Lotto is bad karma.

I think when people buy the Switch they see the dock and somehow this equates to the Switch Lite being 100 dollars less.

Something i will say about Nintendos dock is at least it works 99.9% of the time. Ive had the rare occasion where the screen remains in 720p when docked. $100, though. But, how is that different from Apples hdmi out which is 50 dollars(and garbage btw-i own one). I use an amazon basic usbc to hdmi for the phone and its also lackluster.

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

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#43 Edited by Heirren (1445 posts) -

@Pedro said:

So, with Nintendo making hard push to handheld gaming only with the Switch Lite, are they going to totally abandon the home console market?

Theyre entering the tv market.

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#44 Posted by drummerdave9099 (4111 posts) -

If you have young kids this is a much better buy, for everyone else though the regular model should be the go-to.

Everyone in here acting like the og is discontinued now lol

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#45 Posted by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -

@heirren: You're a wise and thoughtful gentleman, I'll keep your advise in mind as I roll the dice ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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#46 Posted by Techhog89 (3739 posts) -

@jcrame10: It's mainly Japan. Switch is selling much worse there than 3DS did. Also, it's the same strategy as 2DS, which clearly worked (and is thus not stupid).

Besides, they can't really risk cutting prices with Trump's tariffs looming.

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#47 Posted by Techhog89 (3739 posts) -

@boxrekt: They advertise and treat the current Switch as a home console. Don't mix your opinion up with reality.

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#48 Edited by BoxRekt (1695 posts) -

@drummerdave9099: It's more about Nintendo's price gouging than anything else. The Switch as it is now should be $200 at this point.

Nintendo will use the lite model to keep the OG price high now.

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#49 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3241 posts) -

@heirren said:

@boxrekt:

Lotto is bad karma.

I think when people buy the Switch they see the dock and somehow this equates to the Switch Lite being 100 dollars less.

Something i will say about Nintendos dock is at least it works 99.9% of the time. Ive had the rare occasion where the screen remains in 720p when docked. $100, though. But, how is that different from Apples hdmi out which is 50 dollars(and garbage btw-i own one). I use an amazon basic usbc to hdmi for the phone and its also lackluster.

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

It's more than just the dock though. The joy-con controllers don't detach or have HD rumble. The screen is also smaller.

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#50 Edited by Heirren (1445 posts) -

@boxrekt:

Just dont cross me. And if you do at least have the balls to speak up. Cant wait for the dai she explains. Getting closer, tho.

I would not recommend switch light. Ive been recommending Botw to a brother but that right stick is just not comfortable and the benefit of tv out...

@techhog89

Its more labelled as a new product: its anything you make of it. Thats the gimmick they sold it on, anyways, marketing wise.