With the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, fans and consumers alike wondered what would be in store for this next-generation console, and how it would perform against other major corporations. With a hybrid tv to handheld mode, HD detachable controllers, and a strong opening lineup of games, Nintendo would find itself in a position of where and how to improve on such a successful launch. The biggest hurdle would be convincing consumers to purchase additional systems if they wanted to play forms of local multiplayer when it was required, such as Monster Hunter: Generations and the upcoming Pokemon: Sword/Shield. On July 10th, 2019 Yoshiaki Koizumi announced via a short six-minute Nintendo Direct the official release of the Nintendo Switch Lite following rumors and possible leaks of a Nintendo Switch “Mini“.
From the trailer what we have gathered is the following:
- The Nintendo Switch Lite is a handheld only device, therefore it will not be possible to play in TV mode.
- The controllers are integrated on the console, however, you can still connect additional controllers for multiple players.
- The battery life will be significantly improved, though we are not certain how much longer battery life it will have.
- Because the controllers are integrated, there will not be any HD rumble features or IR motion camera. Games such as 1,2, Switch will require additional JoyCons in order to play properly.
- You will only be able to play games that support handheld mode. To determine this you can review the back of the game box and check the supported settings.
- The MSRP is slated for $199 USD, which is currently $100 cheaper than the original.
One of the most common comments was “This is what is going to kill the Nintendo 3DS.”, and looking at what all we know so far it’s really hard to say whether this will be the case or not. The 3DS still holds a very impressive library of games, including a strong virtual console library that the Switch currently does not possess, with the exception of Nintendo Selects that is available with Nintendo Online. DS and 3DS games are still sold in retail stores like GameStop, so will we see the end of the 3DS? I believe that this won’t be the case, at least for the first year of its life cycle.
With a starting price of $199, this will be the best option for the holidays, and we might even see a small price reduction during the first part of the holiday season with Black Friday. The only drawback is the limited options, given that at this time as the Switch Lite will only be released in three colors – Gray, Yellow, and Turquoise. It won’t take a long time though to see custom made skins to apply to the system, or even Nintendo announcing limited edition systems. Perhaps an Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be their first as to follow suit with their limited edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS. The Nintendo Switch Lite is set to release September 20th, 2019 so if you decide to purchase one tell us your thoughts, and what game will you primarily be playing on it.