The Nintendo Switch Lite, previously known as the Switch Mini, has been widely rumored these last few months through leaks, articles and Nintendo that heavily denied all the facts that one was coming. Now the cat is finally out of the bag and the Switch Lite will be in our hands come September 20. Here is a rundown of everything the smaller system can and cannot do compared to the original Switch.
Nintendo Switch – $299.99
Nintendo Switch Lite – $199.99
- TV mode
- Tabletop mode
- Handheld mode
Nintendo Switch Lite
- Handheld mode only
- Nintendo Switch – 4” high, 9.4” long, .55” deep (with Joy-Con attached)
- Nintendo Switch Lite – 3.6” high, 8.2” long, .55” deep
- Nintendo Switch – Approximately .88lbs (with controllers attached)
- Nintendo Switch Lite – Approximately .61 lbs
- Nintendo Switch – 6.2” touch screen
- Nintendo Switch Lite – 5.5” touch screen
- Nintendo Switch – Approximately 2.5 – 6.5 hours.
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 3 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Nintendo Switch Lite – Approximately 3 – 7 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 4 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
As for game compatibility, the Nintendo Switch Lite can play any Nintendo Switch title that supports handheld mode. However, for games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers to the Nintendo Switch Lite to play the games.
You can find out more information about compatibility for specific games on their Nintendo eShop pages. You can also check the product packaging for “handheld mode” icon.
Doug Bowser said in an interview with CNET that players will get to transfer games between systems, but more on that will be shared later.
Nintendo Switch Lite releases on September 20, 2019. A Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition was also revealed and is set to release on November 8, 2019.