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Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite Will Be The Only New Hardware This Year

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The Nintendo Switch Lite has finally been revealed yesterday, but no mention has been made of the other rumored Nintendo Switch model. As things stand, it seems like the Nintendo Switch Pro will not be released this year.

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Speaking with CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser confirmed that the Nintendo Switch Lite will be the only new Nintendo hardware to be released this Holiday season.

[Switch Lite will] also be the only new Nintendo Switch hardware this holiday, as Bowser says the larger Switch won’t get an upgrade right now.

The Nintendo Switch Pro is supposed to be a more powerful variant of the original Nintendo Switch. If the console is indeed in the works, we are only going to see it from 2020 onwards.

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes with some differences over the original model, such as different controls and no dock support.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable.

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

The Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20th worldwide.

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Francesco De Meo
Francesco has been writing about video games and the video games industry for almost a decade, focusing on all aspects of the industry. Having always loved handheld gaming, he joined TouchTapPlay in 2013 to cover mobile gaming and, later on, the Nintendo Switch console, which is today his most played console.