|Nintendo Switch Lite
Yellow Nintendo Switch Lite.
|WW: September 20, 2019
|WW: 15.84 million
NA: 6.90 million
JP: 4.15 million
EU: 3.73 million
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a dedicated handheld console by Nintendo, and is the second iteration of the Nintendo Switch family. It is not a direct successor, but is rather a dedicated handheld variant of the Nintendo Switch with smaller proportions. The console natively supports any Nintendo Switch game title that can be played in handheld mode, as the console cannot be docked to the television like the original Nintendo Switch.
Due to the hardware nature, Nintendo Switch Lite's Joy-Con-like controls are integrated into the device itself, with the change that it instead uses a traditional directional pad rather than the directional buttons used with the Joy-Con. The Nintendo Switch Lite also lacks the HD Rumble and IR Motion Camera features, and thus it is not fully compatible with titles such as the Nintendo Labo series and 1-2-Switch; external Joy-Con controllers are required in order to play those titles, and any Nintendo Switch game title that lacks handheld mode support. Whilst Joy-Con cannot be physically attached to the console, it still supports the use of Joy-Con controllers through wireless connectivity. The console still includes gyroscopic sensors for motion controls, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC communication compatibility.
Other improvements include a lighter weight and slightly improved battery life over the 2017 launch Nintendo Switch. (A 2019 revision of the original Nintendo Switch includes improved internal hardware that extends battery life even better than the Nintendo Switch Lite.) The height/length (but not depth) of the Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller than the original console, and features a smaller touch screen. The console comes in a variety of colors such as yellow, grey, and turquoise.
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