The Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced and it's heading to Australian shores in September. With the new release comes a slightly more affordable price point of $329.95 and three schmick colours.
Sadly, the cheaper cost also means you'll have to forego some of the Nintendo Switch's best features so let's get into some of the finer details about the specifications, where to buy it and how much it's going to cost in Australia.
The obvious difference between the Switch Lite and its predecessor is it's solely for handheld use. That means there's no option to remove the Joy-Con sticks or connect it to your television display. Also, gone is HD rumble and the IR motion camera. Thankfully, Kotaku's lined up all the important details to help you decide whether the Lite is the one you want to invest in.
- Size: 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)
- Weight: Approx. 276g
- Screen Capacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280x720 resolution
- CPU/GPU NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
- System memory 32 GB
- Audio: supports linear PCM 5.1ch
- Speakers: Stereo
- USB Type-C terminal
- Headphone mic. jack, stereo output
- Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 3570mAh
- Battery life: Approximately 3 – 7 hours
- Charging time: 3 hours approx (charge while in sleep mode)
You'll also be able to choose between three new colours: yellow, grey or turquoise.
Nintendo Switch Lite release date in Australia
The Switch Lite will be released into our hot, sweaty little hands on Friday 20 September just in time for the weekend. That's a little over two months away.
Nintendo Switch Lite Australian pricing
As we mentioned earlier, the Switch Lite will be retailing for around $329.95 compared to the Switch's steep $469.95. We suspect it'll likely drop in price for the sales leading up to Christmas, but given it's only a bit cheaper than the original Nintendo Switch (when it's on sale), it's not a huge difference in price. The thing you'll need to weigh up is whether the accessible price tag is worth the stripped back functionality.
Nintendo Switch Lite games
The Switch Lite will be able to run all your favourite Nintendo Switch games just with less options in how you play it. You won't be able to glide around the tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using the Joy-Con controllers or emulate using a Poké Ball in Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! but you'll still be able to play like an old school handheld.
There are more than 2000 games and counting in Nintendo Switch's repertoire and with upcoming titles like Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, it's a good time to invest.
What do you think? Is the cheaper entry-level price for the Nintendo Switch Lite worth sacrificing the Switch's best features? Let us know in the comments.