After numerous reports, Nintendo finally confirmed the existence of a smaller Nintendo Switch model, dubbed the Nintendo Switch Lite. You can still pair Joy-Cons with the Switch Lite, but that's a bit silly when there are already controllers on the device and motion controls are rarely integral to the experience. By joining the joycons to the main body of the Switch, Nintendo will squeeze out the expensive and sophisticated wireless joycons and create a mobile-first Switch platform.
An official Switch system comparison website is now live. Since the Switch Lite is compatible with the entire set of accessories, it would have been a better idea to allow the console to be connected to a TV. This reminds us of the Nintendo 2DS, which was a stripped down version of the Nintendo 3DS and lacked 3D and could not be folded. For that same reason, the eShop will warn you about titles that can't be played in handheld mode when attempting to buy one.
Today Nintendo announced a new addition to the Switch family with the Nintendo Switch Lite.
When it releases, you'll be able to pick up the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199.99 (roughly £160 or AU$290). It also removes the system's HD Rumble vibration features and IR Motion Camera. Since it's only supposed to be used in handheld mode, the controllers are built into the device itself and aren't removable.
No, I'm not here to say Nintendo is doomed or the company is in freefall.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller version of the original console. The Switch Lite weighs around 290 grams, which is about 90gl grams lighter than the Switch with Joy-Con controllers attached. However, it can play all of the games now in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode. It has no kickstand and doesn't support video output to a TV - so it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable.